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Consider this sentence: I injured from the accident.

For emphasizing that I really injured from the accident, which sentence should I use?

1- I did injure from the accident.

2- I did injured from the accident.

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  • Do you mean that an accident happened, that you have described the accident in a previous sentence, and that you suffered an injury as a result of that accident?
    – BoldBen
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 8:24
  • @BoldBen yes, exactly
    – Admia
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 12:21
  • In that case the correct form is "I was injured in the accident". In this case the passive voice is the only appropriate one since the victim, usually, has not caused his or her own injury. When the victim has had agency, whether by carelessness or deliberate self harm, the correct for is reflexive. That is, for example, "I injured myself when I fell off my bike". Neither of the sentences you give is correct.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 13:10

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The verb injure needs an object. Who or what was injured? If you injured yourself, tell us: "I injured myself" or "I was injured."

We only say "I did injure myself!" to add emphasis; for example, if no-one believes us. There are examples of this use of the verb do here (definition 3 under "Auxiliary verb".)

We injure ourselves (or get injured) in an accident, not from one. So you might say, "I was injured in the accident."

Finally, if you want to say you were badly hurt, you can say,"I was (really/terribly/extremely) badly injured in the accident."

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  • I did injure from the accident is not grammatically correct. But does it at least convey the message I described to convey?
    – Admia
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 12:25
  • @Admia: Maybe. I might guess what you mean. If you have wounds I will guess what you mean. If you seem OK I may ask who was injured. Or I might ask, "Have you injured someone?" If you say " the accident" I will ask "what accident?" Why are you asking this? Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 13:55
  • Just wanted to know if at least the message can be conveyed regardless of grammar correctness.
    – Admia
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 19:20
  • How about this? I did incur injury from the accident.
    – Admia
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 20:42
  • @Admia Yes. That kind of structure is common among people whose first language is not English. Bear in mind the 2nd paragraph of my answer (about emphasis). It should be "I incurred an injury in the accident." It's probably outside the remit of this group to teach bad English :-) but your sentence would be understood. Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 20:59
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Neither of your suggestions is grammatical. You could say it this way:

I did get injured in the accident.

The word "did" should be emphasized in speech.

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    I'm not sure this clears up how to express their meaning. Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 12:29
  • In formal written, using the verb get may not be standard. So although the expression did get injured seems to convey the message, the expression is not preferable.
    – Admia
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 12:24

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