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Mark3 May 25th, 2017 11:49am

It's nice outside today. The daffodil is opening its petals.

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Louderthebetter
05/30/17 1:49 pm

Sounds like a line from the Handmaids Tale.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/25/17 6:11 pm

Yes, that's fine. It has a lyric quality to it. Over 99% of people would undoubtedly say, "The daffodils are opening their petals." And that would be grammatically fine, too. But your sentence focuses the reader's attention on one particular flower, and thus paints a more vivid picture in the reader's mind.

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GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
05/25/17 7:00 pm

But, doesn't that imply that the daffodil is actively doing something? I would say, "The daffodil's petals are opening." I think "petals" should be the subject, not "the daffodil."


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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/25/17 7:10 pm

I'm not a botanist, but it would seem to me that the opening of the petals is done by the entire flower. The stem must carry nutrients and moisture up from the soil to nourish the flower; The leaves exchange carbon dioxide and chorophyll and whatever in a process that I have long forgotten; and eventually the flower is able to open its petals. So while the sentence is more figurative than literal, it would seem to also be correct on a literal level. Let's ask @firefly5 .

dudley northern Virginia woods
05/25/17 7:16 pm

I'm okay with the phrase "the daffodil is smiling."

dudley northern Virginia woods
05/25/17 7:16 pm

I'm okay with the phrase "the daffodil is smiling."

dudley northern Virginia woods
05/25/17 7:16 pm

I'm okay with the phrase "the daffodil is smiling."