What's the difference between "shiver" and "shake"?
"Shivering" usually describes the reaction a person or animal has to extremely cold temperatures or afraid of something. A person's "shivering" can also be caused by a high fever that makes them feel cold. "Shivering" is usually involuntary and suggests that the person or animal is in some sort of discomfort. Objects like trees, chairs and doors cannot and do not "shiver", but they can "shake".Unlike "shiver", shaking can be either voluntary or involuntary. So, a person can shake from a seizure, illness, or even from riding in a car on a bumpy road. Many other things can cause shaking too. Non-living things can shake too. A machine can shake. Again, a car driving on a bumpy road will shake. The Earth shakes during an earthquake. The bottom line, a person who is shivering will usually be shaking. But a person who is shaking, is not necessarily shivering. Ex: Did you shake your head to show that you agree with me? Ex: I had to shake him to wake him up. Ex: It was so cold he started to shiver. Ex: My fever gave me shivers.
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