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What's the meaning of 'couldn't make your car'?

"Couldn't make your car" = Couldn't decode your car as a police car. "To make" is American police code for making out or spotting that a plain-clothes officer is an undercover cop: ...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence?

The shadows born is a perfectly good noun phrase (a little unusual with the adjective born following rather than preceding, but not unknown, especially in a title). It is not a full sentence, because ...
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Are "close" and "open" verbs or adjectives?

"The door is open" indicates that someone may go through. An adjective. "The door is opened" This is better written as, "The door was opened." It means the door that was ...
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Are "close" and "open" verbs or adjectives?

Close (pronounced /kloz/, the same as clothes) and open are verbs, or at least can be used as verbs in many constructions. The word also spelled close but pronounced /klos/ is an adjective, often ...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence?

As pointed out above, in order to use 'ellipsis' to reduce relative clauses we use the participle form - both past participle and present participle. e.g. Even Tom, who is considered to be an expert, ...
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What do you call it when someone points with their eyes?

While you would need a verb (shot, threw, gave, etc.) to supplement this, the glance itself is called a pointed glance: She shot a pointed glance diagonally toward the kitchen, loath to speak and ...
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What do you call it when someone points with their eyes?

Is eye-pointing a complete fallacy? I don't believe it exists as a verb only but don't see why it shouldn't :) Actually, I've just done a search and found this text: Eye-pointing is described as &...
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