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A few days ago, I came across this sentence in a novel:

His eyes were gray, flecked with dark blue, the colors of smoke at twilight.

At first reading, I thought that “colors” should be singular rather than plural, and the sentence should read like this:

His eyes were gray, flecked with dark blue, the color of smoke at twilight.

Then I realized that the author had found a way to describe a character’s eyes in exquisite detail. The eyes are not just grey/blue. They are “…gray, flecked with dark blue, the colors of smoke at twilight.” Wow!

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield
Tara’s Writing Studio

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I translate foggy information into plain English.
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