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    hello,

    Please, help my understand why I can say "my widow's peak an arrogant V." I understand what it means, but I dont understand how it can be written it that way. I would have say "my widow's peak LIKE an arrogant V."

    Here is the sentence:
    On page one of the Tribune I smiled my Mona Lisa smile, my dark hair braided back from my forehead, my widow's peak an arrogant V, my big white sweater and a peacot flapping over dirty jeans, a smudge faintly visible on one cheek.

    Thanks,

    SmilingTeapot

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    Default Re: my widow's peak an arrogant V

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    It is more likely a shortening of 'my widow's peak being an arrogant V'. 'Be' verbs can often be elided:

    The man [who is] sitting on the toadstool is an elf.
    [Being] happy to be at leisure, I nevertheless needed a job.

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    Default Re: my widow's peak an arrogant V

    Thanks to Micawber.

    I made many mistakes in my question. I tried to fix tem.

    Please, help me understand why I can say "my widow's peak an arrogant V." I understand what it means, but I don't understand how it can be written it that way. I would have said "my widow's peak LIKE/BEING/AS an arrogant V." I find two nouns next to each other without a link word strange.

    In the example:
    The man [who is] sitting on the toadstool is an elf.
    We have the link words "sitting on." Where is the link word in "my widow's peak an arrogant V?"

    Why the author didn't write "my widow's peak BEING an arrogant V" as Mister suggested or add a comma after "peak?"

    Here is the sentence:
    On page one of the Tribune I smiled my Mona Lisa smile, my dark hair braided back from my forehead, my widow's peak an arrogant V, my big white sweater and a peacoat flapping over dirty jeans, a smudge faintly visible on one cheek.

    Thanks,

    SmilingTeapot

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    Default Re: my widow's peak an arrogant V

    It is very difficult to explain how an author can push the rules of grammar for the sake of cadence and rhythm.
    ...hair was braided...peacoat was flapping...smudge was visible may be more grammatical, but not more musical.

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    Default Re: my widow's peak an arrogant V

    . . . , my dark hair [was] braided back from my forehead, my widow's peak [looked like] an arrogant V, my big white sweater and a peacoat [were] flapping over dirty jeans, a smudge faintly visible on one cheek.
    The author has left out the verbs, and not just any verbs, but verbs that also function as linking verbs ('was' and 'look like'):

    my hair was braided
    my hair braided / my braided hair

    my widow's peak looked like a V
    my widow's peak a V / a V-like widow's peak

    my sweater and peacoat were flapping over dirty jeans
    my sweater and peacoat flapping / flapping sweater and peacoat


    All the best,

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    Default Re: my widow's peak an arrogant V

    Thanks so much, mykwyner and Casiopea.

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    You're welcome.

    I agreed with MM's suggestion. ^0^

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