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

Question:

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

What makes it awkward is the indefinite article.

Consider:

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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