She remembered her as a small child, bright red and darkened with rage if she was refused something.
My question is: Can I use "dark" to replace "darkened"?
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Thank you in advance.
No, the meaning will be different. Here, darkened with rage is an adjective phrase and darkened as the past participle of verb ‘darken’ is modifying the noun ‘rage’, which means: her rage(anger) grows dark or deeper. Where as 'dark with rage' simply implies deep anger.