Identify the sentence in which the usage of the word match is incorrect.

  1. "This marriage is a match made in heaven" she gushed.
  2. "Please light the match so that I can see the switch" said my friend.
  3. It was an even match between the two contestants.
  4. This movie sequel is not a match on the original.

I felt in sentence #4 the usage is incorrect. But some of my friends say it should be sentence #2. Could someone please clarify?

  • "match made in heaven is an expression" used for describing a perfect compatibility.
  • Expressions such as "evenly match" means somebody/something to be as good, interesting, successful
  • I also found usage of lighting a matchstick.

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    Why do you think it's #4? Why do they think it is #2? What research have you and your friends done to come to these conclusions? What definitions of match have you found to make you not consider #1 and #3? – Hank Feb 22 '17 at 16:39
  • @Hank for #3 I could find usage as "evenly match" meaning somebody/something to be as good, interesting, successful for #1 could find that its an expression used for describing a perfect compatibility, and for #2 also I could find usage of lighting a matchstick – saurabh742 Feb 22 '17 at 16:53
  • Please add all of that reasoning to the post. – Hank Feb 22 '17 at 16:55
  • Schoolwork questions are off topic because they do not help anyone but the asker. The only exception is when there is a clearly identified source of concern about an element of the English language that would be interesting and useful to many future visitors. – MetaEd Feb 23 '17 at 17:03
  • @MetaEd How would the OP have known where to look? He did the research, inasmuch as he looked up the term match , and he added his thoughts and the plausible answer/s which were wrong. Only someone who has experience learning, teaching or speaking English would have known "why" No.4 was wrong. – Mari-Lou A Feb 24 '17 at 8:10
  1. This movie sequel is not a match on the original.

No. 4 is inappropriate, the correct idiom is

not a patch on

Not nearly as good as: much worse than.

Cambridge Dictionary tells me it is a British English idiom.

  • The new model is not a patch on the original version
  • This new washing machine isn't a patch on our old one.


(sentence #1)

If two people who are having a relationship are a good match, they are very suitable for each other:

  • Theirs is a match made in heaven (= a very good relationship).

(sentence #2)

a short, thin stick made of wood or cardboard and covered with a special chemical at one end that burns when rubbed firmly against a rough surface:

  • a box of matches
  • You should always strike a match away from you.

(sentence #3)

a person or thing that is equal to another person or thing in strength, speed, or quality

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