What does the phrase "sets your offense should run" mean in the following sentence from the description of a basketball simulation game:

Every decision is under your control, which includes how often to practice to the sets your offense should run.

  • Bad grammar. It should read, "...how often to practice ____ the sets your offense should run." (omit second "to")
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 18:26
  • I’m voting to close this question because it's about an ungrammatical sentence
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 18:27
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    @gotube I agree it is in telegram form but I do not think your reading is spot on. I think how often to practice and which sets to run are seen as limiting examples of the decisions the player or coach has to make.
    – mdewey
    Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 10:42
  • @mdewey What does "how often to practice to the sets" mean? The sentence makes no sense because you cannot "practice to" something. Without the "to" it makes sense, and the question is unnecessary.
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 18:11
  • I think inserting from after includes makes sense.
    – mdewey
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 7:28

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I had to read it a few times, and needed the context of sport to make any sense of it at all.

But there is an omitted "that": the sets that your offense should run.

This that may always be omitted, but it might have been helpful to keep it for clarity.

I have no idea what is meant by your offense running some sets, but presumably people familiar with the game will understand it.


The word "to" after "practice" looks like a typo. Are you sure it's in the original?

Assuming I'm right, then "sets your offense should run" can be parsed as follows. Note that as a Brit, I know next to nothing about baseball, but I can figure out the purpose the various words have

The word "sets" refers to some group of activities that can be performed, or "run". The word "offense" refers, at any given time in a game, to one of the two competing sides. The other side is then the "defense". And the word "your" indicates that the instructions you have provided are meant to be read by the person in control of the "offense" side, or at least they are intended to apply to the reader's team when that team is designated as the offense (because in fact the offense/defense designations change throughout the course of the match).

Putting all of that together (and dropping the problematic word "to"), the sentence, including the phrase you are asking about, might mean something like this:

You are in control of every decision affecting your team. For example, while they are designated as offense, you must decide how often your team should perform practice sets.

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