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  1. OurJud

    OurJud Contributing Member Contributor

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    Sea's horizon

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by OurJud, Sep 9, 2016.

    Brain freeze time. The bastard in my head is telling me 'Sea's horizon' doesn't make sense, as in:

    To my left the dark grey of the sea's horizon would appear and disappear with the undulation of the landscape.

    I know that technically it should be:

    To my left the dark grey of the sea on the horizon would appear and disappear with the undulation of the landscape.

    But it doesn't have the same flow.
     
  2. Scot

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    No possessive 's required the sea horizon is a defacto object. You can hyphenate it: sea-horizon
     
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    Some context is required. Is the narrator on land and seeing the sea in the distance? Or is the narrator on a boat looking at the edge of the sea in the distance?

    I believe sea's horizon would refer more to the latter case.
     
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    On land seeing the sea in the distance.

    I played it safe and went with my second.

    'Sea horizon / sea-horizon' may be technically correct (although I didn't know this, obviously) but I'm not keen on how they sound out of the mouth.
     
  5. Scot

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    I have sailed for as long as I can remember and have amassed a lot of literature on the subject. I don't recall ever seeing the term sea's horizon.
    At sea it would simply be the horizon; on land the sea-horizon.
     
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    Good to know. But I think @OurJud is going more for poetic effect than accuracy, which is perfectly fine in my opinion.
     
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