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    #1

    in spite of the fact/although... misplaced modifiers?

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent although the court had pronounced me not guilty.
    2-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent despite the fact that the court had pronounced me not guilty.
    3-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent in spite of the court having pronounced me not guilty.


    The clauses at the end modify "he was happy" so it would definitely be better to move them to the beginning of the sentence. The sentence, as they stand, might give the impression that the clauses modify "the article said I was innocent".

    But are the sentences incorrect through and through or are they acceptable?

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    Navi.

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    Re: in spite of the fact/although... misplaced modifiers?

    Navi,
    They all sound acceptable to me.

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    #3

    Re: in spite of the fact/although... misplaced modifiers?

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent although the court had pronounced me not guilty.
    2-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent despite the fact that the court had pronounced me not guilty.
    3-He was unhappy that the article said I was innocent in spite of the court having pronounced me not guilty.


    The clauses at the end modify "he was happy" so it would definitely be better to move them to the beginning of the sentence. The sentence, as they stand, might give the impression that the clauses modify "the article said I was innocent".

    But are the sentences incorrect through and through or are they acceptable?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I think the sentences are fine as they are. Moving the ending phrases to the beginning would also be fine.

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