Does anybody know the difference between these two statements?
- My hands got stuck in the drain.
- I got my hands stuck in the drain.
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My hands got stuck in the drain
makes hands the subject of the sentence. Who caused my hands to be stuck in the drain? This is not specified in the sentence above.
I got my hands stuck in the drain
Makes hands the object of the sentence and thus clearly describes the person responsible for this.
The construction of the sentence allows the speaker to omit certain information. For example, imagine the example of
The project was ruined
I ruined the project
I don't want to take blame for ruining the project, so I am purposely ambiguous in my phrasing.