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Which would be the correct way to form the following sentence:

"I just had piss shivers so hard that I almost dislocated my jaw."
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"I just had piss shivers so hard that it (they) almost dislocated my jaw."

Also, would it be correct to write it this way:

"I just had piss shivers so hard that my jaw almost got dislocated."

The problem that I have with the first sentence is that piss shiver isn't something that I did, it's something that happen to me, so is it still "I dislocated my jaw" or do they dislocated my jaw/it got dislocated? "I dislocated my jaw" sounds like I was doing something- eating, talking, piss-shivering. Not having experienced something.

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Either is correct in this case. According to MW, we can define "dislocate" as:

to move (a bone) out of its normal location or position in a joint

Since the piss shivers are causing you to jerk your jaw out of place, both you and the shivers can be considered the actor here, and you can say that either one almost dislocated your jaw.

The last sentence ("got dislocated"), while not the most common phrasing, is also correct. "I had piss shivers so hard that I almost suffered a dislocated jaw," is another good phrasing.

But let's answer the deeper philosophical question behind your asking about the piss shivers. Can you say "I dislocated" something if you didn't do anything? I would say yes, in most cases. If a friend of mine (call him Steve) were tackled randomly or struck suddenly by a car and suffered a dislocated joint because of it, it would not be bizarre for me to say "Steve dislocated his pelvis when that guy tackled him" or "Steve dislocated his elbow in the wreck". The only scenario I can conjure in which it seems inappropriate to say that Steve dislocated something is if someone (not Steve) is deliberately, carefully popping Steve's joint out of place.

All in all, if there's even a small element of chance in whether or not something will lead to a dislocation, you can say "I dislocated". However, if you're unsure, making something else the actor is perfectly fine, and we can say that "the wreck dislocated Steve's elbow" or "that guy dislocated Steve's pelvis when he tackled him".

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  • I think I'm satisfied with this answer, thank you:) I guess it's just the difference between our languages. Sep 18, 2013 at 6:31

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