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    Default Shoulders dislocated

    "Yesterday while playing tennis, my ex-girlfriend was slightly injured, her skin felt off and her best friend got severely wounded, her shoulders dislocated"

    Is this long sentence grammatical and natural in spoken English?

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    It's not natural to say 'her skin felt off'. I don't know what this means. I hope you don't mean 'her skin fell off'.

    The second part of the sentence would be better as '. . .her best friend got severely wounded, dislocating her shoulders.'

    (Dangerous game, tennis.)

    Rover

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    You may mean she got a scrape. As a kid, you probably spent most of your time with scraped knees.

    She fell and scraped her elbos pretty badly. (Even a bad scrape is not a "serious injury," assuming infection does not follow. And it wouldn't with my mother, who insisted on thoroughly washing those scrapes. Ow!)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    My guess is "skin felt off" means it was tender or bruised... it felt "off". But I'm just guessing. It is a strange phrase.
    Last edited by freezeframe; 14-Apr-2011 at 23:10.

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Did she really dislocate both shoulders?

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Happens all the time in tennis.

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Dear members and Teachers,

    - What I mean by "her skin felt off" is "her skin grazed". So in this context, I must say "her skin grazed" or "her skin scraped", correct?

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Happens all the time in tennis.
    What? Bilateral dislocations of the shoulder? Or do you mean one at a time at different times?
    It would be a very strange injury that would dislocate both shoulders.

    Here's one case study though:

    "However, simultaneous bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation is rare: only about 30 cases have been described in the literature"
    http://www.josonline.org/pdf/v13i3p303.pdf

    Here's another
    "Bilateral shoulder dislocation is uncommon ..."
    http://www.sicot.org/resources/File/IO_reports/02-2003/4-02-2003.pdf

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Dear members and Teachers,

    - What I mean by "her skin felt off" is "her skin grazed". So in this context, I must say "her skin grazed" or "her skin scraped", correct?

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: Shoulders dislocated

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    Dear members and Teachers,

    - What I mean by "her skin felt off" is "her skin grazed". So in this context, I must say "her skin grazed" or "her skin scraped", correct?

    Thank you very much
    She grazed/scraped her elbow/knee/chin. It's usually active and you have to say what it was she grazed or scraped.

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