The players can use their discretion in finishing the tasks.

Is this correct usage? Is the sentence correct grammatically?

Following is the definition, which I based my sentence

Discretion - The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation.

  • Welcome to English Language Learners! This sentence looks correct, however it depends on the context. Could you give the sentence that comes before this one?
    – Aric
    Aug 24 '18 at 11:19
  • 1
    Needs more context. Yes, it could be fine, but on it's own it doesn't tell us what that discretion may encompass. Can they decide in which order to complete them? Whether they need to complete them at all? ... Aug 24 '18 at 11:19
  • @Aric & Tetsujin Thanks. The answer from Jeff is the context I am looking for. Aug 24 '18 at 12:56

The sentence is correct grammatically.

A really careful writer would note, however, that the sentence is potentially ambiguous because "discretion" is singular whereas the subject is plural as are the tasks. Do you mean

The players jointly have discretion on how best to finish the tasks


Each player has discretion on how best to finish that player's tasks.

Either meaning is possible in your proposed sentence. Of course, which meaning is intended may be perfectly clear in context.

  • Yes, this is what I had in mind for the context. Thanks Aug 24 '18 at 12:54

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.