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    Default The leaves are driven yellow.

    The leaves are driven yellow.

    Does the sentence above mean the leaves become yellow? I guess so. But I have another question.
    Is it a formal/literary style? How would you say it in an everyday-context?
    Thank you in advance
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    Default Re: The leaves are driven yellow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    The leaves are driven yellow.

    Does the sentence above mean the leaves become yellow? I guess yes. But I have another question.
    Is it a formal/literary style? How would you say it in an everyday-context?
    Thank you in advance
    The leaves have become yellow.

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    Default Re: The leaves are driven yellow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    The leaves are driven yellow.

    Does the sentence above mean the leaves become yellow? I guess so. But I have another question.
    Is it a formal/literary style? How would you say it in an everyday-context?
    Thank you in advance
    I would say:
    The leaves are turning yellow or have turned yellow (depending on time frame)
    "driven" is being used in a poetic or literary sense here I assume (although it does sound a bit odd!)

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    Default Re: The leaves are driven yellow.

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    I would say:
    The leaves are turning yellow or have turned yellow (depending on time frame)
    "driven" is being used in a poetic or literary sense here I assume (although it does sound a bit odd!)
    Yes, actually I came across it in a poem (Ode to the West Wind by Shelley).
    Thank you for your help

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    Default Re: The leaves are driven yellow.

    my pleasure

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    Default Re: The leaves are driven yellow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    The leaves are driven yellow.

    Does the sentence above mean the leaves become yellow? I guess so. But I have another question.
    Is it a formal/literary style? How would you say it in an everyday-context?
    Thank you in advance
    The full quotation would have helped:

    "... the leaves dead
    Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

    Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
    Pestilence-stricken multitudes."

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