[Grammar] Although a shy man.... or Despite a shy man....

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pseudo

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I happened to see this sentence...

s1. Although a shy man, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.

I think subjective and verb(he is) are omitted in s1. and s1 is a kind of participle clause.

s2. Despite a shy man, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.
s3. Despite his shyness, Joe DiMaggio was polite to fans.

And I think s2 could be possible while s3 is more appropriate.

Anyway, is s2 grammatically correct?
 

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Yes, but absurd!
The meaning of the original sentence is "although HE WAS a shy man,..." (and is therefore equivalent to s3), while s2 would imply that the shy man was some other person.
 

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In my opinion s2 is incorrect. It should be "Despite being a shy man."

I actually met Joe during his last couple of years. He was shy.
 
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