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Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Nekster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:36 am

Hello everyone! Could you please help me with this?
Is the phrase "And one day, hit by an unexplainable whip of boldness, I decided to change. " correct?

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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Joe » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:48 am

Nekster wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:36 am
Hello everyone! Could you please help me with this?
Is the phrase "And one day, hit by an unexplainable whip of boldness, I decided to change. " correct?
No, sorry, not really.

Why do you say whip?

You could try:

And one day, hit by inexplicable boldness, I decided to change.
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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Nekster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:55 am

thank you ^^

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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Nekster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:57 am

Euh sorry but I don't understand why there is no 'an' before inexplicable.
(And one day, hit by AN inexplicable boldness, I decided to change.)

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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Joe » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:22 pm

Nekster wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:57 am
Euh sorry but I don't understand why there is no 'an' before inexplicable.
(And one day, hit by AN inexplicable boldness, I decided to change.)
boldness is an uncountable noun

unexplainable is not wrong but inexplicable is more idiomatic.
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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Joe » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:29 pm

Nekster wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:57 am
Euh sorry but I don't understand why there is no 'an' before inexplicable.
(And one day, hit by AN inexplicable boldness, I decided to change.)
You can use boldness alone (uncountable, without indefinite article) or you need a measure word to go with it.

The measure word that you used (whip) is not appropriate. Why did you choose whip? Does it relate to the context?

Maybe you could say an inexplicable rush of boldness...
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Re: Is this metaphor correct?

Post by Nekster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:33 pm

Thank you very much Sir!

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