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    a few connotations of "dim"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to revise the following sentences?

    The old hopes have grown pale, the old fears dim.

    dim (v) = obscure

    I have most dim apprehensions of the four great monarchies.

    dim (adj.) = vague; obscure; faint

    I personally had rather a dim war.

    dim = dull

    Bukovsky said he took a dim view of the way the West was pursuing detente.

    dim = skeptical; pessimistic

    detente= the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)

    The mirror is too close to our eyes, and our own breath dims it.

    dim = obscure (make indistinct = not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)

    Its quaint houses are dimmed to memory by the fresher recollections of that beautiful river.

    dim to memory = turn pale; slip of the memory

    The reading-lamp was so dim that you could hardly read.

    dim (adj.) = lacking in light; not bright or harsh

    Their eyes wandered over the dim landscape.

    Then they saw a dim island in a infinite dark sea.

    dim island = hardly discernible island

    Their eyes were dim with tears.

    They saw the dim outline of buildings.

    They heard the dim roar of a great city.

    Their fears have grown dim.

    grow dim = dispel, dissipate

    dim roar = muted hubbub

    The light of a candle is dimmed by that of the sun.

    He is pretty dim.

    pretty dim = blockhead; dolt; bullhead

    This was a dim sort of joke.

    His eyesight is getting dim.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: a few connotations of "dim"

    Before I opened your thread, these collocations came flushing into my mind:

    dim view
    dim lights
    dim and distant past
    dim roar

    End of story.

    Would you be kind enough to revise the following sentences?
    Yes, this sounds more natural than that you used before (whether I am on the right track with my interpretation of...). That was too constrained and so unnatural.

    I do not see any problem with your sentences.

    The old hopes have grown pale, the old fears (have grown) dim.

    Can you see the symmetry? Dim is not a verb in the sentence, but a predicate adjective.

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