which one is correct?

"Steve was amazing before his leg break."

"Steve was amazing before his leg broke."

  • Neither one sounds great. I'd opt for: "...before his leg got broken" OR "...his leg was broken".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 8 at 1:20

Either one can be correct. In the first instance "break" is a noun.

  • Though I agree that either could be grammatical, 'leg break' seems unidiomatic appearing only 3 times in the Corpus of Contemporary American English and then only in informal contexts. Not that 'leg broke' referring to the actual human appendage and not a part of an inanimate object is any more common at 5 instances.
    – DW256
    Mar 11 at 14:44

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