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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
"I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."

Hello, this is a sentence from my notebook, as for it, I have a question, can I just leave "in the face" out, because I suppose it might be a bit clumsy if the sentence remains unchanged.

Thanks
 
  • Franco-filly

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    English - Southern England
    "I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."


    Thanks
    I think the orginal is poetic and the change to
    I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow." doesn't not quite flow. It may be better to change the order to say

    ...which a pretty woman's fine pair of eyes can bestow
     

    ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    Hello Silvero. It sounds clumsier to me without those three words:
    "I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes of a pretty woman can bestow."
    Ah! the problem is, if you leave in the face out, it starts to sound like a pretty woman might have more than one pair of fine eyes:eek::eek:
     
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