In moments where tragedy happens or even hurt

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Hello friends,

This sentence is retrieved from

“In moments where tragedy happens or even hurt, there are opportunities to demonstrate grace or to exact vengeance,”

My understanding is - In moments where tragedy happens or even (when) hurt.

What is the subject for 'hurt' and how is 'hurt' structurally connected to 'In moments'?

Sounds like I'm too grammatically concerned about this, which native speakers would never bother.

Thanks for your help!
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Hello. It seems to be a shorter way to say or even hurt happens. That isn't a very clear sentence, so I'm not surprised that you found it confusing.


    Senior Member
    English - UK/US
    You are quite right. The sentence is badly constructed. ¨Perhaps, given the context: "In moments when tragedy happens or even when one is hurt, there are opportunities ..." (It is still not ideal, but better!)


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    or even hurt happens

    The idea is that "hurt" is less serious than "tragedy". They are two example of things that people would/could/might respond to, with the first being more extreme than the second.

    I agree the wording is easily confusing.
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