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  1. navi
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    wife of

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He introduced me to his wife of great intelligence.
    (his wife was extremely intelligent)

    2-He took me to his palace of great beauty.

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    Re: wife of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He introduced me to his wife of great intelligence.
    (his wife was extremely intelligent)

    2-He took me to his palace of great beauty.
    Syntactically they're correct. Semantically, they're acceptable (i.e., I can understand what the underlined portion expresses), but it's somewhat odd for my North American dialect. By the way, possessive noun + of + descriptive noun does not express BE (is, etc.). It expresses HAVE:

    ? He introduced me to his wife who possesses great intelligence.
    ? He took me to his place which possesses great beauty.

    The oddity I see has to do with the possessive noun phrase. 'his' is definite, or restrictive, as is the 'of' phrase. There are too many semantic restrictions.

    Consider the indefinite and non-restrictive examples:

    Indefinite
    He introduced me to a woman of great intelligence.
    He took me to a place of great beauty.

    Non-restrictive
    He took me to his place, which, by the way, is very beautiful.
    He introduced me to his wife, who, by the way, is very intelligent.


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    Re: wife of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He introduced me to his wife of great intelligence.
    (his wife was extremely intelligent)

    2-He took me to his palace of great beauty.
    I'm no teacher, but I think it would be much more simpiler if you just said

    1)He introduced me to his intelligent wife.

    2)He took me to his beautiful palace.

    They're simple and I believe they're correct, but if you're trying to make a certain part of speech, don't count on me.

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    Re: wife of

    'He introduced me to his wife of great intelligence' sounds as if he also has a somewhat dim wife at home.

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    Re: wife of

    Thank you all,
    One more question.
    Can't I solve the problem by saying:

    He introduced me to his wife, who was of great beauty.

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    EX: He introduced me to his wife, who was of great beauty.

    Yes. Sounds fine. Mind you, 'of great beauty' is something my great grandmother would have probably said. It's pretty much ancient to me. :D

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