a long corridor, its walls () of dark stone.

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park sang joon

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The protagonist is one of the royal family members of Amber, who are half-immortal, and a sorcerer.
He and his allies were just now teleported into the adversary's citadel.

We stood in a long, dim corridor, its walls of dark, hewn stone. Its one end was lost in darkness. Its other led into an area of illumination.
["Sign of Chaos" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know whether "being" is implied or "was" is omitted before "of dark."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • owlman5

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    I'd like to know whether "being" is implied or "was" is omitted before "of dark."
    Yes. "Were" would fit with "walls" in an independent clause: Its walls were (made) of dark, hewn stone.

    A table of wood = a table that is/was made of wood
    Walls of dark, hewn stone = Walls that are/were made of dark, hewn stone.


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    English (American)
    It's an absolute clause, so it does not need, want, or imply any verb. It would be simply ungrammatical to insert "were" there. The only verb you could insert is "being," which gives you the appropriate sense.


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    British English (Sussex)
    I don't think it's an absolute clause Glen, since it modifies only the word "corridor" and not the whole main clause.
    I guess it's a participial phrase - with the participle ("being") understood.
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