On Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:08:53 AM UTC-4, PeterWD wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 04:28:43 -0700 (PDT), "Peter T. Daniels"
> <***@verizon.net> wrote:
> >On Monday, July 9, 2018 at 3:04:48 AM UTC-4, ***@gmail.com wrote:
> >> 1) She jumped off the balcony of the second floor and landed on her
> >> feet, uninjured.
> >"second floor balcony"
> >> 2) He fell of the horse and landed on his back, unscathed.
> >"unscathed" is a strange choice, if it refers to the effect of the fall.
> >Did he fall off the horse because he was ducking an arrow or a lance?
> According to this, "unscathed" means "Without suffering any injury,
> damage, or harm"
> so it could refer to the lack of harm caused by hitting the ground.
> Personally I wouldn't use "unscathed" in that context. I'd use
> "unharmed" or "uninjured".
Scathing seems to refer to deliberate injury, or maybe life-threatening
injury -- I think you can escape from a fire unscathed, but you don't
say that of recovering from a skinned knee or a paper cut. Except for
> >> Are the sentences grammatical?
> >> Are they idiomatic?
> >> I think they work, but I don't like the past participles there.
> >> The idea is that the falls did not injure them. They are not uninjured when they
> >> land. The landing doesn't injure them.
> Peter Duncanson, UK
> (in alt.usage.english)