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    The use of 'flowers'

    Hi folks,

    I've run across the following passage in one of the English textbooks used for high school students in Japan:
    People in Japan can see dogwood flowers after cherry blossoms fall. Cherry blossoms are now a symbol of spring in the U.S. capital. People in Japan and the U.S. enjoy these two flowers. Flowers across the ocean will continue to be a bridge between the two nations.

    My first question: Doesn't "two flowers" sound strange? Shouldn't it be "two kinds of flower(s)"?
    Second question: Don't we need "the" before "Flowers", i.e. shouldn't it be "The flowers" instead of "Flowers"?

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    No and no.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    Hi emsr2d2,

    Could you kindly elaborate on your comment?

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    "species of" is implied within "two flowers". The rest of the piece makes it clear that we are talking about two species.
    In the second, "Flowers" just means "flowers in general". It would not have been wrong to say "These flowers" but that would have excluded all the other flowers that can (metaphorically) bridge gaps across oceans.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    The first explanation is very reasonable. But as for the second, I think the author is talking specifically about the cherry blossoms on the Potomac and the flowers of the dogwood trees sent from the U.S. in 1915. Therefore, I think "the" or "these" is in order. Of course people who don't know the whole story may think the author is talking about a general idea.

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    I still find it difficult to understand why the author suddenly started talking about flowers in general but I guess no other interpretations are possible.
    Thanks Piscean & emsr2d2.

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    Not a teacher (of English)

    Hi, my teachers .
    I think it was better to use "These flowers" or "These two flowers" instead of "Flowers" as the writer was speaking about them only .
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Jun-2017 at 17:51. Reason: Added "not a teacher (of English)"

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    Re: The use of 'flowers'

    Quote Originally Posted by The bright star View Post
    Hi, my teachers .
    I think it was would have been better to use "These flowers" or "These two flowers" instead of "Flowers" as the writer was speaking about them only.
    No, that's incorrect. Please carefully read the discussion above.

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