I'm writing about a painter who depicts his imaginary world that he calls Argondia.


Consider a sentence, "His paintings are reflections of an imaginary world Argondia". Is the ending "imaginary world Argondia" gramatically correct? Or should it be something like "imaginary world of Argondia" ?

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  • Where did you see this sentence? Can you give a link? – Mitch Jul 23 '18 at 11:59
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    Please see also English Language Learners – Kris Jul 23 '18 at 12:05
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    @Kris I disagree. 'The world Argondia' is slightly OK (but weird). 'A world Argondia' sounds wrong to me. – Mitch Jul 23 '18 at 12:08
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    You can put a comma after world and say you're using an appositive. – Lawrence Jul 23 '18 at 12:18
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    @Lawrence My son Charlie disagrees. – Kris Jul 23 '18 at 12:46

Using world of Argondia as you suggested will not address the overall issue.

What makes it awkward is the indefinite article.


His paintings are reflections of the imaginary world Argondia.

This no longer sounds strange because the specific name is preceded by the definite article.

To keep the indefinite article, a different construction would be required in order for it to sound natural. Something like:

His paintings are reflections of an imaginary world: Argondia.

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  • You took the words out of my mouth! – user305707 Jul 24 '18 at 16:15

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