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    It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Please simplify for me this sentence?
    It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis, ran parallel up its scaled back.
    Reference: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us.../english/rigor.

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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    It's a dead animal whose stomach is smooth, like a lizard's stomach, and whose tail is parallel with its back because it's gone stiff (because it's dead).
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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a dead animal whose stomach is smooth, like a lizard's stomach, and whose tail is parallel with its back because it's gone stiff (because it's dead).
    In this contet which meaning of "smooth" is perfect?

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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    In this context​, which meaning definition of "smooth" fits is perfect?
    The very first listing in definition 1 HERE.
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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    What does this part(curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis,) mean?

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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    What does this part (curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis,) mean? "Curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis...."
    See above. Parentheses don't mark text to highlight it; they surround parenthetical text.

    You should quote more of the text. That excerpt is not long enough to explain.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    The whole sentence is in post #1 so we have the rest of the text.

    The fragment you just queried means:

    "The belly curves (I'm assuming you have looked that up) before meeting the tail. The tail, because of rigor mortis ..."
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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    See above. Parentheses don't mark text to highlight it; they surround parenthetical text.

    You should quote more of the text. That excerpt is not long enough to explain.
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    You mean I should asked as "What does this part "Curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis...." mean? "?

    Excuse me, why did you say "Long enough"? Why didn't you say "Very enough"?

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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Your question is clearer as I revised it in post #6.

    Long enough means "sufficiently long". You can't say "very enough".
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    Re: It had the smooth slender belly of a lizard, curling back into a tail that..

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Your question is clearer as I revised it in post #6.

    Long enough means "sufficiently long". You can't say "very enough".
    Why can't we say Very enough? I was confused.

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