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    a girl's shadow/the shadow of a girl

    Hello!

    My book says that 'shadow' is a tricky word; the phrase "the shadow of a girl' implies that the girl is so upset/unhappy/depressed/rundown etc that she can be compared to a ghost. Is that really so?

    I don't mean that this structure cannot be used figuratively - of course it can - but something tells me its usage isn't limited to it.

    To put it in a nutshell, can I use phrases 'the shadow of a girl" and 'a girl's shadow" interchangeably?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a girl's shadow/the shadow of a girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    My book says that 'shadow' is a tricky word; the phrase "the shadow of a girl' implies that the girl is so upset/unhappy/depressed/rundown etc that she can be compared to a ghost. Is that really so?

    I don't mean that this structure cannot be used figuratively - of course it can - but something tells me its usage isn't limited to it.

    To put it in a nutshell, can I use phrases 'the shadow of a girl" and 'a girl's shadow" interchangeably?

    Thank you in advance.
    In the figurative sense we can use only the shadow of a girl.

    When referring to the dark shape caused by a figure blocking the rays of the sun, we can use either.

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