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Hello everyone,

Could you please explain "through all of his personal problems", "Stephen Leacock kept remarkable sense of humor" to me in the following text? Specifically, the use of "through" at the start of the sentence makes the whole text so difficult for me to get its meaning.

Through all of his personal problems, and despite the frustration of having his political science and economic work ignored compared to his funny stories, Stephen Leacock kept his remarkable sense of humor.

Regards,

Joseph

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Joseph Athrough all of his personal problems

~ during the entire time that he was having personal problems

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Joseph A

Hello everyone,

Could you please explain "through all of his personal problems", "Stephen Leacock kept remarkable sense of humor" to me in the following text? Specifically, the use of "through" at the start of the sentence makes the whole text so difficult for me to get its meaning.

Through all of his personal problems, and despite the frustration of having his political science and economic work ignored compared to his funny stories, Stephen Leacock kept his remarkable sense of humor.

Regards,

Joseph

The comma after "stories" is there to let you know that the sentence has been inverted. (The comma after "problems" is a mistake.) The sentence is exactly equivalent to "Stephen Leacock kept his remarkable sense of humor through all of his personal problems and despite the frustration of having his political science and economic work ignored compared to his funny stories." That is a pretty lengthy sentence for what it says. It is made slightly more tolerable by the inversion.

He kept his sense of humor throughout his problems and despite his being ignored.

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Thank you so much,

Indeed, it is very clear.

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