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    "Stirs to life"

    "Stirs to life." Can that be said about an inanimate object that starts moving? For example:"The curtain stirs to life in the breeze."

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ville View Post
    "Stirs to life." Can that be said about an inanimate object that starts moving? For example:"The curtain stirs to life in the breeze."
    Yes, you can say that.

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ville View Post
    "Stirs to life." Can that be said about an inanimate object that starts moving? For example:"The curtain stirs to life in the breeze."
    As Bhaisahab said, it's fine, though I thought about it and would be more likely to say "The curtain is/was stirred to life by the breeze".

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As Bhaisahab said, it's fine, though I thought about it and would be more likely to say "The curtain is/was stirred to life by the breeze".
    I'm writing a screenplay, so it needs to be in present tense

    Thanks for the replies!

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ville View Post
    I'm writing a screenplay, so it needs to be in present tense

    Thanks for the replies!
    Well, "...is stirred to life..." is in the present tense!

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, "...is stirred to life..." is in the present tense!
    Oops! You're right. But isn't my example too? I'm just treating the curtain as if it had a will of its own.

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ville View Post
    Oops! You're right. But isn't my example too? I'm just treating the curtain as if it had a will of its own.
    Your sentence is in the present tense too, but I think it's clear that it is the breeze that is causing the curtain to come to life, not that the curtain has a will of its own. There's nothing wrong with your sentence, I was merely pointing out that I would have worded it differently!

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    Re: "Stirs to life"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ville View Post
    I'm writing a screenplay, so it needs to be in present tense

    Thanks for the replies!
    If you are writing a screenplay (I suspected something of the sort) it's perfect.

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