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    #1

    what verb is missing?

    What verb do you think is missing in the gap?

    - What made Wayne so angry? He................... with a face as black as thunder!

    I've been trying to work it out but I haven't managed so far to find out the solution.

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    #2

    Re: what verb is missing?

    Hello, dilodi83.

    Any action verb in the past form will do, in my opinion.
    What do you think?

    (Edit) Well, "He smiled/laughed with his face as black as thunder." is nonsense.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 17-Jul-2013 at 17:56.

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    Re: what verb is missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, dilodi883.

    Any action verb in the past form will do, in my opinion.
    What do you think?
    Well, actually, I should pick out one among these: rained off, stormed out, snowed under, iced over. I have already checked their uses in a good dictionary but it hasn't been of help so far...What do you think about them?

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    Re: what verb is missing?

    Where did you find this sentence? Peoples' faces don't turn black when they are angry. And thunder is a sound, not a thing that can be black. Storm clouds are black. Black as coal is an expression. Black as pitch. Darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night.

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    #5

    Re: what verb is missing?

    Hello, again.
    I'd choose 'stormed out' from those options.
    Well, actually, I was thinking of 'stormed out/off'.
    storm - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    (Edit) dilodi83, you know we can't help people with their homework, don't you?
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    #6

    Re: what verb is missing?

    Only one of those has a meaning that isn't related to actual weather. If you really looked them all up, it should be immediately clear which one it is.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: what verb is missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Where did you find this sentence? Peoples' faces don't turn black when they are angry. And thunder is a sound, not a thing that can be black. Storm clouds are black. Black as coal is an expression. Black as pitch. Darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night.
    Hello, SoothingDave.

    I imagine the expression 'as black as thunder' comes from the mixture of "Somebody has a face like thunder./ Somebody's face is like thunder." and the adjective "black" that means 'full of anger or hatred'.

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    Re: what verb is missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, SoothingDave.

    I imagine the expression 'as black as thunder' comes from the mixture of "Somebody has a face like thunder./ Somebody's face is like thunder." and the adjective "black" that means 'full of anger or hatred'.
    I have never heard either of those expressions. And someone may be in a black mood, but you wouldn't say his face was black.

    Someone's face would turn red with rage.

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