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    #1

    so ready and so easy

    Caroline watched from the window as he went to his truck, climbing up the steps into the cab and turning once to wave from the open doorway. She waved back, happy to see his smile, so ready and so easy, surprised by the tug in her heart. She had an impulse to run after him, remembering the narrow bed in the back of the cab where he sometimes slept and the way he'd touched Phoebe's forehead so gently.
    (The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards)

    What word does the 'so ready and so easy' modify here?

    Thanks.

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    Re: so ready and so easy

    Not a teacher.

    I'd risk saying it was his smile that was ready and easy.

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    #3

    Re: so ready and so easy

    So, it would never cross your mind that 'so ready and so easy' could refer to her, that it was she who was 'so ready and so easy' (and happy and surprised) when she saw him smile, would it?

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    #4

    Re: so ready and so easy

    No, absolutley not. She is touched by how easily he smiles.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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