Learn English – Omitting “While + subject + verb to be”?


" I hurt my knee playing soccer "
Is this sentence right? If yes, how come?

Best Answer

The sentence could be rewritten

I, playing soccer, hurt my knee.

The participle playing is used as an adjective, modifying I.

It also could be read as

I hurt my knee [while I was] playing soccer.

Both constructions work. Words are often implied [and omitted] in English.

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