After heavy rains, the football pitch

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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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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.
 

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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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Or:

After a heavy rain....
 

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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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I would simply say "making play almost impossible".
 

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Because in this sense it is an uncountable noun.
 

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

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- It's raining. Do you think there will be play this afternoon?
- Probably not. Play will be almost impossible in these conditions.

- Did you see that play Messi made just before Pele scored?
- Yes! What a great pass that was.
 
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