For example: on my daily way to work I could trip and hurt my leg accidently, but if I arrive without being hurt, how should I describe it? I arrived _ _ _ ?

Luckily or happily are words that seem to fit above example, but what if the "happy" or "lucky" way of doing things is statistically insignificant? For example, if my daily way to work would require walking through tree districts with the highest crime rate, I could say I accidently arrived without being hurt, but what should I say if things went as expected? I arrived _ _ _?

Edit: Is there a word which fits both situations?

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Well, you already used the most fit phrase. When something went the most probable way, people usually say "It went as expected"

I went through three districts with the highest crime rate. As expected, I was assaulted and robbed. I was lucky to make it out in one piece.

There is a lot ways to say something similar to what you want. As foreseen, as predicted, as suspected and so on. But they are less generic - it wouldn't be sensible to go into a district if you predict you'll be assaulted there, isn't it?

  • haha, indeed, I used it already :) Thanks! I wouldn't notice otherwise... May 30, 2011 at 7:30
  • Now I wonder... Is "as expected" one word? May 30, 2011 at 11:04
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    Apparently not. It's shortened version "as it was expected" (I believe). Why?
    – Philoto
    May 30, 2011 at 11:19
  • I searched for sigle-word :) Maybe I arrived expectedly is correct? May 30, 2011 at 11:44
  • You've got me confused. What is the most probable outcome in your situation? That you arrived safely, or you were assaulted?
    – Philoto
    May 30, 2011 at 17:02

I accidently arrived without being hurt, but what should I say if things went as expected? I arrived unscathed.

The definition of the the free dictionary reads:

unscathed Not injured or harmed: escaped the hurricane unscathed.

This word is used when there is a significant probability that you can be hurt (in an accident or a natural catastrophe for instance).

If you want to emphasise the "lucky" sense (as in your second example situation) you can also add miraculously.

  • I arrived miraculously unscathed!
  • Also simply found as miraculously unharmed!

If on the contrary there is only a low risk of being harmed you can use

  • the set phrase safe and sound.
  • or just safe.

If you want to say that you didn't suffer the slightest injury you can use

  • unscratched. Also used for a car (if you go through a pile up and your car is the only one that got through for instance).
  • Is there a word that fits both situations? May 30, 2011 at 6:09

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