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    thirsty plant

    1 If the plant is thirsty, it will show to you by letting it's leaves hang.

    2 If the plant is thirsty, it will show to you by letting it's leaves hanging.

    3 If the plant is thirsty, it will show you by letting it's leaves hanging.

    4 If the plant is thirsty, it will show it to you by hanging leaves.

    Are they all correct?
    If the sex of the plant is known, could one also use "he" or "she" for it?

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    Re: thirsty plant

    They are all incorrect. Only animals and people can be referred to as he or she with some rare exceptions that don't apply to plants.

    We sometimes describe plants as being thirsty in general, meaning they require a lot of water. We rarely describe a plant that needs water right now as thirsty, though it's not impossible.

    A plant can show you something. You can't use a preposition in this construction.

    Remember that it's is only possible when it's a contraction. The possessive pronoun is its.

    You could write Plants that need water show it with wilted, drooping leaves.
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    Re: thirsty plant

    But apart from the "it's vs. its" mistake that I made, #3 would be grammatically correct?

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    Re: thirsty plant

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    1 If the plant is thirsty, it will show to you by letting it's leaves hang.

    2 If the plant is thirsty, it will show to you by letting it's leaves hanging.

    3 If the plant is thirsty, it will show you by letting it's leaves hanging.

    4 If the plant is thirsty, it will show it to you by hanging leaves.
    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    But apart from the "it's vs. its" mistake that I made, #3 would be grammatically correct?
    No. Grammatically speaking, the plant could let its leaves hang limp or limply,​ but this would not be natural.
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