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What is the right sign to show in a retail shop

Let us see the signs shown in the images below. What is the right one to show in a retail shop, #1 or #2? In case #2 doesn't it seem as if the cashier may or may not give us a receipt?
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“Using” vs “by using”

You can do whatever you are thinking of using a nested table for using CSS and clean markup. — From "Programming the Mobile Web" by Maximiliano Firtman. I do understand the general sense of ...
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Ending sentence with “supposed to”

Is the following sentence acceptable? He arrived ten minutes earlier than he was supposed to. It doesn't sound right, but I can't think of any better way to end the sentence.
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Butchering a simple “How do I” question [closed]

Of course, I understand that the nature of the Internet means that a given person is not necessarily fluent in the English Language. But what I don't understand is how people can mangle a simple ...
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Unusual sentence construction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using -ed vs. -ing in the “needs washed” construction "The car needs washed." I can understand what the speaker means to say, but this is strange to ...
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Does “I have studied Russian language” continued by “I have learnt…” use a correct tense?

Does “I have studied Russian language” continued by “I have learnt …” use a correct tense? With the meaning that I studied Russian language in the past, for 3 years, but I’m not studying it anymore ...
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What is the “, gerund” sentence called, and how can I improve it?

I'm proofreading a friend's paper, and she often creates sentences of the form: Sentence, gerund-phrase Examples: Consumers may question the legitimacy of producer actions, determining their ...
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A Question On Relative Pronouns & Conjunctions

I came across this quote from the movie RocknRolla: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which ...
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Is this sentence of “mixed construction”?

In English class, we've discussed the following sentence and considered if it is of mixed construction: The increase in the number of times his name appeared on such lists after the poem was ...
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Order of phrases after verb: Prefer “share with you X” or “share X with you”?

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct? I wanted to share with you the outcomes of today's board meeting I wanted to share the outcomes of today's board meeting with you
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Is 'I would like to make laugh from you' correct? [closed]

With the meaning to make jokes about somebody. Or, 'They love to make laugh from me', is it correct? or should it be 'at' instead of 'from'?
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Nested parentheticals — restructuring for clarity

It's widely known that the name "JavaScript" is trademarked by Oracle (formerly a trademark of Sun, formerly a trademark of Netscape). What was formerly a trademark of Netscape? Sun? Oracle? ...
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“Two films don't a revolution make”: is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English? Proper usage/origin of the generic phrase “[action phrase] does not a [noun] make” “Dazzling ...
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Does the conversational nature of email allow us to begin sentences with conjunctions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it incorrect to start a sentence with “and”? In grammar school, my English teachers taught me that I should never begin a sentence with a conjunction. ...
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Is there an adverb for “simplified”?

This is what I'm trying to express [Foo] can be simplifiedly characterised as [bar]. However I am unable to find references for such as word as simplifiedly. What I want to say is that the ...
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“Save up to 50% off”

Save up to 50% off! Is this correct? To me, it makes it sound like a double-negative, of sorts; you are saving something that has been reduced, therefore increasing it, if that makes any sense. ...
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Style of this sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a name for inverting word order to accomplish a different meaning? I came across this sentence recently and I was wondering what is this repetitive style ...