FALSE FRIEND: CASUALTY (REVISION)
FALSE FRIEND: CASUALTY (Revision): meaning and examples
Today's Daily Vitamin was originally sent in March, 2004. I hope you enjoy it.
Lately I have noticed that a lot of my students use the word casualty to mean chance, accident or coincidence. However, in reality casualty means something very different in English: someone who is killed or injured in military action or in an accident. The word that English students are really trying to express is coincidence.
Coincidence means: a situation in which separate things happen in the same way or at the same time by chance.
Consider the following examples that demonstrate the important difference between these words.
Since the official "end" or the war in Iraq there have been thousands of casualties; people from both sides are dying every day.
When I was in Amsterdam last weekend with my wife, I saw my maths teacher from secondary school. I hadn't seen him for years and suddenly he appeared in Amsterdam at the same time we were there. What a coincidence!
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