Despite suffering an injury early in the match

Status
Not open for further replies.

Bassim

VIP Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Bosnian
Home Country
Bosnia Herzegovina
Current Location
Sweden
I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

Despite suffering an injury early in the match, Marta gritted her teeth and played until the end.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It's OK. Try rewriting it so it doesn't need a comma.
 

Bassim

VIP Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Bosnian
Home Country
Bosnia Herzegovina
Current Location
Sweden
Would this sentence be OK:

Marta gritted her teeth and played until the end despite suffering an injury early in the match.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Yes, that's good. As an exercise, try reviewing the next ten phrases you write. See how many commas you can remove by rewriting. Collect the commas in a matchbox so you can donate them to charity at the end of the year. :)
 

bubbha

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2016
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
Taiwan
I don't think commas are bad things, as long as they are used properly.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Much as I love the charity comma idea, I preferred Bassim's version in post #1 to the one in post #3. I prefer the word order. There's nothing wrong with the version with no comma, of course; I just think the first is more interesting. It grabs the reader's attention at the beginning by giving the "bad news", making them wonder what the person was able to do after sustaining an injury.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
I don't think commas are bad things, as long as they are used properly.
As a general rule, I think that text with fewer commas reads better. The presence of a lot of commas is a sign that phrases may not be in the best possible order.
 

teechar

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Feb 18, 2015
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
Iraq
Current Location
Iraq
Consider using "played on" in that sentence.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top