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    #1

    Got one's arm broken

    Native speakers say, "The driver got his arm broken."


    How do you say if you don't know whether the driver is a male or female?
    Is it possible gramatically to say, "The driver got the arm broken."?

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    Re: Got one's arm broken

    Is it possible gramatically to say, "The driver got the arm broken"?
    No.

    You could say 'The driver broke an arm' or 'The driver sustained a broken arm' or 'One of the driver's arms was broken in the accident'.

    Rover


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    Re: Got one's arm broken

    I agree with Rover. Even the initial sentence sounds a bit awkward to me. I would say, "the driver broke his/her/an arm."

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