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    Having broken her legs twice,

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    1. Having broken her legs twice on a slippery street, Maria bought an expensive pair of winter boots with studs.

    or should I write like this:

    2. After she had broken her legs twice on a slippery street, Maria bought an expensive pair of winter boots with studs.

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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    I prefer number 2. In both sentences, the reader may wonder how Maria managed to break both legs on two separate occasions. Can you revise the sentence to say that she suffered a broken leg twice?
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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    Would this version be OK?

    After she had broken her leg on a slippery street on two occasions, Maria bought an expensive pair of winter boots with studs.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Jun-2017 at 15:14. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    That's fine.
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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    Perhaps this: After she broke her leg for the second time on the slippery street, Maria...

    I assume she didn't buy the boots after each occasion of her breaking her leg.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    Barb_D

    I am just wondering if I use past perfect in my sentence, would this be correct, "After she had broken her leg for the second time..."

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    Re: Having broken her legs twice,

    It would work for me.

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