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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Crutches???    

Crutches???



Dayana
Peru

Crutches???
 
Hi colleagues!
 
I need your help again....When someone needs or has crutches or a cane....
What is the verb?
He uses a cane / He uses crutches  or
He carries a cane / He carries crutches ?
 
I don`t think wear can be posible....
 
Please tell me...
 
Thank you
Diana

3 Jul 2009      



Nabila Manzur
Argentina

I would say
 
* He uses crutches
 
* He wears a cast or a cane
 
that rings the bell for me maybe i´m wrong, let`s wait for more answers
 
Regards
 
Naby
 

3 Jul 2009     



Marla D.
United States

Hi,
I would say
He uses a cane.
He uses crutches.  These too imply movement.
He has crutches.
He has a cane. These two imply ownership.
He has a cast on his arm.
He needs crutches to walk. 
He needs a cane when he walks. These two imply need.
You are correct. We do not say wear in these cases.
Hope this helps.
Marla

3 Jul 2009     



douglas
United States

I agree with all of Marla´s suggestions.  In addition:
 
"He uses crutches"  or "He is on crutches." (and what Marla said)
 
"He uses a cane."  "He walks with a cane."  "He has a cane"(implies they are needed)
 
If you say he "wears" a cast--you imply that it is voluntary (He chooses to wear).  I usually say "He has a cast on his...."
 
 

3 Jul 2009     



libertybelle
United States

Nabila - No one wears a cane.
You ´re on crutches - or you use crutches.
He uses a cane or walks with a cane.

Oh - I totally agree with Douglas and Marla!

L

3 Jul 2009     



Nabila Manzur
Argentina

ok thx ! :) I was mistaken. you´re right ¨wear ¨implies that u want to wear it.
 
 

3 Jul 2009