Rohan had been playing for his club for fifteen years when his elbow got injured.

Someone suggested to me that the italicized part of above sentence is wrong, the reason being the subject of got verb in above sentence - his elbow is wrong either the subject should be he i.e. he got his elbow injured or his elbow should be used in passive form i.e. his elbow was injured. I don't understand why the subject his elbow is wrong?

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    The original sentence sounds fine to me, although got injured sounds a little on the informal side. – J.R. Sep 28 '17 at 14:06
  • Estimated hits from Google Books - my leg got injured:29, my leg was injured:895, I injured my leg:830. There's safety in numbers, so you should look to the second and third alternatives there for guidance. Note that the first and second are semantically "passive" (I didn't do anything, it was my leg which experienced (caused?) the fracture (got can imply "volition"). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 28 '17 at 14:29

That sentence is definitely not wrong.

His elbow got injured.

It's fine. The suggestion He got his elbow injured is also fine, but it implies he had some part in getting it injured (through carelessness for example). Like this:

He got arrested

means this arrest happened to him. (This is parallel to your example - not technically a passive but something that's semantically and structurally similar to a passive).

He got himself arrested

This one's also technically not a passive. I would say this if I wanted to suggest he could have avoided the arrest (for example by not committing the crime or doing it more carefully).

An excellent, and unusually truthful, video series about the passives in English. The nature of the get passive is described near the end of video 2.

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