Nod

Ju

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Information about 'nod' found in Cambridge online dictionary as follows.

Meaning : move the head down and then up

Example 1 :
Many people in the audience nodded in agreement.
Example 2 :
He nodded his head in greeting.

A. Can I omit 'his head' in example 2?
B. Under what situation should I put 'the head' after 'nod' since it implies the head already.

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I can't think of a situation in which it wouldn't be possible to omit "its/his/her head". However, in example 2 above, I would probably say "He nodded a greeting". "Nodded in agreement" is a common, almost set, phrase.

Bear in mind, though, that you can't omit "its/his/her head" after "shook/shake" because it has other meanings.

They shook in disagreement. :cross:
They shook their heads in disagreement. :tick:
 
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