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Atatürk
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:16:14 AM
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We pushed the car for 100 meters but id didn't come on.

Is that sentence okay?

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FounDit
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:48:56 AM

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Atatürk wrote:
We pushed the car for 100 meters but id didn't come on.

Is that sentence okay?


If you pushed the car in an effort to start it, then you would say that.

We pushed the car for 100 meters but it didn't start.


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Atatürk
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:24:23 PM
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Yes, pushing in an effort to start it.

So, 'come on' is right in my sentence?

Advice and classroom hints are one thing, grammar rules are another. Michael Lewis (1986)
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:13:16 PM

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No, cars "start" -- they don't "come on".
Atatürk
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:11:29 PM
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How about a heater?

Do they go off and come on?

Advice and classroom hints are one thing, grammar rules are another. Michael Lewis (1986)
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:29:25 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
How about a heater?

Do they go off and come on?


Yes, heaters go off and come on, but cars have a mechanism called a "starter" which turns the engine over and starts the process of running. For that reason, we say we "start" the car. You can, however, say you turned the key to the ON position, but that doesn't start the car. To do that, you turn the key to the "start" position.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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