Injured vs. serious

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #7 [color=blue]“Her latest book”, question 4

This was a very bad railway accident because two trains ran into each other but fortunately nobody was seriously wounded.

(a) bad
(b) accident
© each other
(d) wounded

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #7 [color=blue]“Her latest book”, answer 4

This was a very bad railway accident because two trains ran into each other but fortunately nobody was seriously injured.

Correct entry: injured
The error was: (d) wounded

You have [color=red]not found the error.
This was a very serious railway accident because two trains ran into each other but fortunately nobody was seriously wounded.
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Dear Sir

why not “injured” here?

thanks a lot in advance

Christina’s son

Hi Christina’s son

The word “wounded” is used for a specific type of injury. It is used when the skin has been pierced. A “wound” could come from a bullet, an arrow, a dog-bite, etc. If a person is wounded, I would also expect to see blood.

The word “injured” is more general.

Does that help?

Amy