Areas hit by disaster are all full of suffering, bleeding, disability and death.

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John Kent

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Korea - English
Hello, my friends!

In this sentence, "Areas hit by disaster are all full of suffering, bleeding, disability and death." is the word "disability" grammatically right? Or should it be replaced by "injury"?

The context: When disasters hits one place, many people will be suffering and bleeding. Many are even maimed by the disaster.

Thanks!
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Yes, it should be replaced, and your suggestion is good.

    A disaster often results in injury. The word "disability" usually refers to years-long conditions. Some "disabilities" may be the result of an "injury", but we use the word "injury" for the initial harm.

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    pickarooney

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    English (Ireland)
    If I had to choose anything it would be "dismemberment". This keeps the alliteration and the crescendo effect, while describing the long-term effects of a disabling wound.
    "Injury" is too vague and is covered by bleeding and suffering.
     
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