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

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
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).
 

moseen

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Finland
Current Location
Finland
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?
 

moseen

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Finland
Current Location
Finland
What does this part(curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis,) mean?
 

GoesStation

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
What does this part [strike](curling back into a tail that, due to rigor mortis,)[/strike] 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.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
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 ..."
 

moseen

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Finland
Current Location
Finland
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.
Y
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"?
 

GoesStation

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Your question is clearer as I revised it in post #6.

Long enough means "sufficiently long". You can't say "very enough".
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
'Very' and 'enough' don't go together.
 
Top