being lucky to escape

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intokaos

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Español
Hello, I am translating a text but I cannot fully understand the folllowing idea:


I knocked straight into the branches, lost my grip and fell right off the horse, being lucky to escape it treading on me as I lay on the pathway.

my doubt is: Is being lucky referring to the horse or to the man? Who is lucky to escape? My first attemp was to think that the horse was lucky enough to escape.


Thank you!
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Just break it down:
    Question: Being lucky to escape what?
    Answer: Its treading on me as I lay on the pathway.

    So who's lucky?
     

    SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    It seems that he fell in front of the horse and was in danger of being trampled by the horse. He avoided it by chance. The it is the horse.
     

    srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I'm too am certain that the sentence is meant to say that the man was lucky. I'm guessing that intokaos sees "...horse, being lucky..." and feels this invites confusion.
     

    intokaos

    Senior Member
    Español
    so he was lucky in the sense that he could escape but anyways the horse tread him? thats what makes me doubt!
     

    SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    To be honest, intokaos, I think the sentence could have been written better.
    I am not surprised that you found it difficult to understand.
     
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