Injure and hurt are both verbs, but the way we use them is a little different. Let’s have a look today at how we use these words.
be + injure is used without an object, and generally used in the passive voice. You can use [person] + be injured or [body part] + be injured:
- My leg was injured in the accident.
- Jack was injured when he slipped on the ice.
Note that be injured does not take a direct object:
was injured his armwhen he slipped on the ice.
Injure as an active verb does take a direct object and follows the basic grammar pattern, S + injure + O, like this:
- I injured my leg in the accident.
- Jack injured his arm in the accident.
Hurt is generally used as an active verb which takes a direct object and follows the basic grammar pattern, S + hurt + O. Hurt is also an irregular verb, so the three forms are hurt, hurt, & hurt.
- I hurt my leg in the accident.
- Jack hurt his arm in the accident.
We can also use be hurt in the passive voice, like be injured. You can use [person] + be hurt or [body part] + be hurt:
- My leg was hurt in the accident.
- Jack was hurt when he slipped on the ice.
Generally, the meaning of hurt is less serious that the meaning of injure. If you injure yourself or are injured, you will probably need medical attention or First Aid. If you are hurt, you may be uncomfortable, but not in need of First Aid.
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