The sentence is fine. In this case "given patience" refers to the sire and the dam or the breeder who is orchestrating the breeding..
Given is used when indicating a possible situation in which someone has the opportunity or ability to do something. For example, given the chance means `if I had the chance'.
Given patience, successful breeding of this species can be achieved.
(Collins Cobuild dictionary)
It seems that there is not the subject in the sentence. Who is "given patience"? Who can achieve successful breeding of this species?
Is that correct sentence?
Am I wrong?
Last edited by Viktor Sorokin; 30-May-2013 at 04:15.
If the sentence were just
"Successful breeding of this species can be achieved". - it would be grammatically understandable to me.
Given patience, one can achieve successful breeding of this species
But Given patience, successful breeding of this species can be achieved. sounds like it's not clear who Given patience refers to.
Sometimes, who it refers to isn't actually given but the context will tell you. In your example, it's general patience by the people involved in the breeding of that particular species. I would prefer "Given time, successful breeding of this species can be achieved" but using "Given patience" is almost a hidden instruction to people involved in the breeding not to be impatient - it's going to take a while. I'm not saying it's wrong, but I would have said "Given time" or "With patience".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.