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Maggie Q
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 2:43:18 AM
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A hundred yards or so down the road, the big warm hand became a ghost hand, although the smell of burning gas—plus a sweeter stench that had to be a mixture of melting plastic and roasting flesh—was strong, carried to him on a light breeze. Barbie ran another sixty yards, then stopped and turned around. Barbie ran another sixty yards, then stopped and turned around. He was panting. He didn’t think it was the running; he didn’t smoke, and he was in good shape (well … fair; his ribs on the right side still hurt from the beating in Dipper’s parking lot). He thought it was terror and dismay. He could have been killed by falling pieces of airplane—not just the runaway propeller—or burned to death. It was only blind luck that he hadn’t been.


Then he saw something that made his rapid breathing stop in midgasp. He straightened up, looking back at the site of the accident. The road was littered with debris—it really was a wonder that he hadn’t been struck and at least wounded.

Question 1: In this case, what's the meaning of 'at least'? ( Here, at least == anyway? )

Question 2: it really was a wonder that he hadn’t been struck AND at least wounded. == it really was a wonder that he hadn’t been struck OR at least wounded.? If not, why?
NKM
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 11:03:17 AM

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"… struck and at least wounded."

"And" is the right word. If he had been struck, there certainly would have been consequences. He might have been killed; at least he would have been wounded.

Maggie Q
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 11:13:41 AM
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NKM wrote:
"… struck and at least wounded."

"And" is the right word. If he had been struck, there certainly would have been consequences. He might have been killed; at least he would have been wounded.





it really was a wonder that he hadn’t been struck and at least wounded. == it really was a wonder that he hadn’t been struck and at least HE WOULD HAVE BEEN wounded.?
NKM
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 11:20:00 AM

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If any of the debris had struck him, he would have been killed or (at least) wounded.

Romany
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 12:34:30 PM
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Maggie -

Your replacement wouldn't be at all natural in English. Remember the simpler, shorter way is what we use in English. "...struck and at least wounded..." is the shortest, simplest and easily understood way to say it. So that's what we'd use.
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