blinks his eyes, nods his head, shrugs his shoulders?

anencephalus

New Member
Serbian
Is there a need to use the forms from the title of the topic? If someone nods during a conversation, isn't it obvious that there's nothing else he could've nodded but his/her head? Also, I presume one can only blink his/her eyes. In writing, should I use such constructions, or just: he blinks, she nods, he shrugs? Please be so kind as to shed some light on this :)
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Hello anencephalus, your question seems to suggest that you are looking for support for the proposition that there is no requirement to use the full form: "he blinks his eyes, he nods his head, he shrugs his shoulders."

    Whereas, there is no absolute need/requirement to add the body part, it is a matter of style and you should not artificially restrict yourself to one form only.
     

    Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I agree with e2efour. They are not necessary and often omitted (you can search on the internet for "nod", "blink" and "shrug" and see how they are commonly used).
     

    Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I suspect the longer forms are a hangover from childhood. When teaching children the names of body parts and the movements they make, you will invariably hear a teacher giving instructions like:

    Nod your head!
    Wave your arms!
    Stamp your feet!
    etc.

    The clue as to which body-part is used, makes the phrases easier to understand and remember.
     
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