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    pseudo is offline Junior Member
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    Default Although a shy man.... or Despite a shy man....

    I happened to see this sentence...

    s1. Although a shy man, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.

    I think subjective and verb(he is) are omitted in s1. and s1 is a kind of participle clause.

    s2. Despite a shy man, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.
    s3. Despite his shyness, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.

    And I think s2 could be possible while s3 is more appropriate.

    Anyway, is s2 grammatically correct?

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    Default Re: Although a shy man.... or Despite a shy man....

    Yes, but absurd!
    The meaning of the original sentence is "although HE WAS a shy man,..." (and is therefore equivalent to s3), while s2 would imply that the shy man was some other person.

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    Default Re: Although a shy man.... or Despite a shy man....

    In my opinion s2 is incorrect. It should be "Despite being a shy man."

    I actually met Joe during his last couple of years. He was shy.

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