The phone has a case in flowers.

Is the sentence correct or should I change it? (I mean the picture of flowers, that the case is covered with flowers.)

It seems to me strange and I would change it into:

The phone case has flowers.

What's your opinion on that? Is the sentence in my question correct?

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    You should also try to include details about the meaning that you are trying to express. – Em. Aug 22 '16 at 18:59
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    ... maybe a picture of this phone? That might be the best way to explain what you want to describe. – JavaLatte Aug 22 '16 at 19:01
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    I mean the picture of flowers, that the case is covered with flowers. How to do it correctly? – masterkomp Aug 22 '16 at 19:07
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    @masterkomp You need to incorporate your explanation in the body of your question; there's an Edit button beneath it. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 22 '16 at 20:52

Your sentence is not incorrect, but this is a tricky thing to express.

For example, if you and your friend are both looking at the phone case, you could say:

That phone case is covered in flowers.

(Note: You could use the preposition with instead of in; the verb covered allows for both.)

One the other hand, if you were describing the phone case via a text message, and the other person couldn't see it, you might want to be a bit more precise, and provide more specific details. After all, we're talking about the picture on the case, not the case itself.

So, we could say:

The phone case has a picture with many flowers.

This can actually be a tricky thing to describe unambiguously. For example, let's say the phone case looks something like this:

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In that case, you could say:

The picture on the phone case has a bunch of flowers.

This would be correct, but the word bunch, when used in conjunction with flowers, might make a person think of a flower bunch:

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So, you might instead say:

The picture on the phone case has a flowery pattern.

but the word pattern might make the reader think of something more regular – that is, something more like one of these:

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So it's not going to be easy to say it in a way that isn't prone to some kind of misinterpretation. I might say something like this:

The phone case has a lot of different flowers in a random pattern.

That is a pretty accurate description, but it took me some effort to come up with that wording. Even then, some might rightly complain that random pattern is an oxymoron.

This is something even a native speaker might have to think about to get right.

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    The phone cover has a floral design/pattern – JavaLatte Aug 22 '16 at 21:25
  • @JavaLatte - Ooooh, I like floral pattern! Well-said! If you made that an answer, I'd beg for the O.P. to move the green checkmark. – J.R. Aug 22 '16 at 21:30

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