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traces of red and sickly green
It was as clear as daylight to me that there had been an intruder, and not necessarily a thief. As I flashed my torch around the room, I spotted traces of red and sickly green on the walls and furniture, and I went cold.
Can I use 'red and sickly green traces' to substitute for the part in bold without changing the meaning?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Re: traces of red and sickly green
I would say no. There's a danger that if you said "I spotted red and sickly green traces..." it could be misunderstood as "I spotted red and I spotted sickly green traces". Obviously "I spotted red" makes no sense.
Originally Posted by 羡鱼-Xianyu
In this context, we generally use it in the order it was originally given. "I saw traces of blood on the walls" not "I saw blood traces..."
Whilst normally it would be "trace of + noun" we do say "traces of + colour". "Under the pink paint, you could see traces of blue", where it is unnecessary to specify "blue paint". In your example, it effectively means "I spotted traces of [something] red and [something] sickly green".
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