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Can a text read itself or can it only be read? [duplicate]

Is it correct to write or say for example that As it reads on the first page of the book, ... or only the following sentences are acceptable? As it can be read on the first page of the book, ... As ...
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Why the future tense? [duplicate]

When we have trouble with starting a car we say "Oh no, the car won't start." Why do we use future tense here?
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The board writes well. He walks the dog [duplicate]

During the orientation programme conducted for the resource persons in English in Hyderabad,one of the professors wrote a sentence on the board and it is given below The board writes well. She ...
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How do native speakers think about sentences like "The window does not open" [duplicate]

Note: I'm aware that there is also a site "English learning". I thought a while about whether it would be a better fit there, and eyes quickly glancing over some passages of this text might think that....
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An error message should display or should 'be' displayed?

If the writer means to say that an error message should 'appear' can he phrase the sentence as 'When user clicks the button, an error message should display' or is it more correct to say 'When user ...
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Unusual verb form: "While the parcels were bringing down and displaying"

In Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, she writes (Volume 2, Chapter 6): They went in; and while the sleek, well-tied parcels of 'Men's Beavers' and 'York Tan' were bringing down and displaying on the ...
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Is "update" transitive or intransitive?

According to many dictionaries including merriam-webster, update is a transitive verb. So I expect the following sentence (used in Firefox) to be incorrect: Please wait while Firefox is updating. ...
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What does “This story just won’t write” mean? Is this still an acceptable English phrase today?

The New Yorker (March 20) carries an interesting story about the writing style of Time magazine posted by Calvin Trillin who worked for Time magazine as a ‘floater’ and editor in 60s under the title, “...
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Grammaticality of "the tooltip reads"

Is it correct to use the word "read" in these sentences? If not, what would be more appropriate word to use instead? The status-bar now reads: Click to run the currently highlighted cell. ...
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What does "look" mean in the phrase "you don't look your age"? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. I don't quite understand why the phrase is "you don't look your age" instead of "you don't look like your age" or "you don't look like you ...
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Active or passive verbs

What is the difference between the following sentences: This product is sold very well. This product sells very well. If the meaning is the same, what pragmatic difference is there?
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"This wine is drinking nicely" : does anything else drink nicely?

People tell me this phrase is only used in the context of wine. Even though my lack of knowledge of other phrases that are built similarly suggests these people must be right, my curiosity gets the ...
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"Is this what shock felt like?" confusing sentence structure

Is this what shock felt like? I came across the sentence and it seems a bit confusing to me. While the meaning is completely clear, the sentence structure seems wrong. According to me, it should be: ...
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"The water filled the container" [duplicate]

I have a question regarding terminology. In English, we can say "I filled the container with water", in which the subject is an agent. But you may also say "The water filled the ...
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