any straight lines, a basic element of art [apposition?]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Rethliopuks, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Rethliopuks Member

    Shenzhen, PRC
    He aspired to be an artist and majored in art, but only found that he could not draw any straight lines, a basic element of art, because of his shaking hands.

    This sounds fine to me, but my grammar part said no.
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    What do you mean by "grammar part", Rethliopuks? Are you talking about software that checks English grammar for accuracy?

    If I were writing the sentence, I'd probably use "a straight line": ,but found that he couldn't draw a straight line, a basic element of art,...

    I can't think of any reason why "any straight lines" should be wrong, however. If you are using an automatic grammar-checker, it might not like the apposition of "lines" and "a basic element of art". I advise you to ignore the machine if that is indeed what is troubling you.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

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