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    What's wrong with this sentence

    There's something wrong here, but I can't put my finger on it:

    "Despite increasing food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."

    shouldn't it be:

    "Despite increasing his food intake, Jack continued to lose weight"?

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    Re: What's wrong with this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by sparklingdark@yahoo.com View Post
    There's something wrong here, but I can't put my finger on it:

    "Despite increasing food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."


    "Despite increasing his food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."
    The sentences have different meanings.
    Consider this in the light of what the subject of the sentences is.

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    Re: What's wrong with this sentence

    "Despite increasing food intake, Jack continued to lose weight." or

    "Despite increasing his food intake, Jack continued to lose weight." or

    "Despite his increasing food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."

    Despite is a preposition here, a bit like 'contrary to' or 'notwithstanding'. 'Despite his increasing food intake' wherever you stick 'increasing' or if you leave 'his' out, 'despite .........' is a sentencial adverbial, ie it relates to 'Jack continued to lose weight.' and tells us something more about the sentence. 'food intake', with or without 'his' is the object of 'despite', a preposition.
    I find the sentences ok.

    Why (2)006, James Bond's cousin (just joking), says the sentences are different escapes me. Maybe you'd explain?

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    Re: What's wrong with this sentence

    The subject of both sentences is "Jack".

    "Despite increasing his food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."
    Jack increased his own food intake. There is no reason to think that someone else might be involved.

    "Despite increasing food intake, Jack continued to lose weight."
    Someone else may have increased Jack's food intake. Perhaps Jack is unconscious in the hospital and is being fed through a stomach tube.
    Last edited by 2006; 14-Nov-2010 at 08:10. Reason: addition

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