How your room would light up if you won't shift the curtains aside and let the sunshine come in.

Is the word shift correct when used about curtains in this context?

  • There is no mistake in grammar, though it is usual to refer to drawing curtains rather than shifting them. But isn't there a logical mismatch in your quotation?
    – Kate Bunting
    Jun 26, 2018 at 10:52
  • @Kate bunting pardon. I didn't get you Jun 26, 2018 at 11:40
  • @RichaMishra I edited your question - if it is not what you meant, feel free to revert my edit. Jun 26, 2018 at 12:07
  • Your sentence doesn't make sense. But "shift" is OK -- "draw" or "pull" would be more idiomatic.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:14
  • What they said. I also don't like "come" - just "let the sunshine in" is more idiomatic.
    – Mr Lister
    Jun 26, 2018 at 13:28

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In your sentence, shift is used in the following sense:

b : to make a change in (place)

I shifted the bag to my other shoulder.

To expand on the idea, what you are actually doing is shifting the end of the curtain from its location on one side of the window to the other side—which also shifts all other pieces of the curtain along the way. This exposes the window behind it.

Such a term would not be misunderstood. Although, as said, there are also other terms. The most common is likely just open the curtain.

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