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Dukul
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:37:21 AM

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Are these sentences grammatically correct and natural enough?


1) He is an extreme extrovert who is wearing a veil of "shrinking violet".

2) He is an extreme extrovert in a slough of "shrinking violet"
thar
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:13:43 AM

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slough doesn't work.

To slough your skin (a verb - to 'sluff', sounds like rough) is to lose your skin, like a snake. It is rarely used as a noun but it means the discarded skin. But it is not a skin that disguises you. It is the thin skin debris left behind after it has been shed by the animal. Also dry skin flakes that peel and flake off human skin, eg after a burn.





a slough (noun, slau, sounds like bough) is a swamp or mire. That is the normal meaning of the noun. Although in context I assume you meant the skin.


"a veil" is good - it covers your face, hides your identity so as a metaphor for hiding your true character, it is fine.

But "a shrinking violet" is a noun. It is not an adjective. It is a metaphor/idiom from the plant called a violet (Viola). So it needs an article, unless it is in the negative (he is no shrinking violet).

Quote:
shrinking violet
noun [ C ] informal
UK /ˌʃrɪŋ.kɪŋ ˈvaɪə.lət/ US /ˌʃrɪŋ.kɪŋ ˈvaɪə.lət/

a person who is very shy or modest and does not like to attract attention:
She loves appearing on television and is no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing her views.


So that has to be a noun.


There are several ways you could put that:
He is wearing the veil of being a shrinking violet.

he is an extreme extrovert in the guise of a shrinking violet.



I think an extreme extrovert would be unable to keep up that pretense for more than a minute or two. Pretending to be shy and withdrawn would be so against their instincts it would be practically impossible. An extrovert could pretend, but an extreme extrovert - by the nature of the word 'extreme' that suggests it is too strong to control. Give him a chance and he hugs everyone and bursts into song!

Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:37:29 AM

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The ordinary way to say this is something more like this. He is an extreme extrovert pretending to be a shrinking violet.
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