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    After heavy rains, the football pitch

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    After heavy rains, the football pitch turned into a quagmire, making a normal play almost impossible. It was painful to watch the players trying to do their best in such awful conditions. It was pure luck that nobody was seriously injured.

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Even if there was more than one heavy rainfall, most native speakers would still start with the uncountable "After heavy rain, ...".
    Remove "a" before "normal play".
    What does "normal play" actually mean?

    The other two sentences are OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Perhaps:

    After heavy rains, the football pitch turned into a quagmire, making normal play almost impossible. It was painful to watch the players do their best to cope with the awful conditions.


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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Or:

    After a heavy rain....

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    emsr2d2,
    Should I write instead:
    "making regular play almost impossible."

    What I mean with "regular play" is playing under good or fair conditions, but I can't remember any better phrase.

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    I would simply say "making play almost impossible".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would simply say "making play almost impossible".
    Why Do you omit "a" before "play", please?

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Because in this sense it is an uncountable noun.
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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    We use "play" to refer to the game itself. We use "a play" when referring to a particular action, for example passing the ball or attempting to score.

    (Edited to note that Roman55 is, of course, also right.)

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    Re: After heavy rains, the football pitch

    Making a normal play almost impossible makes the reader wonder, "Which one?"
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