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Old 05-12-2013   #41
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You're right.

Because of the commas, #2 sounds like "Don't skip meals or you'll make yourself sick. [Instead] go on a crash diet." I interpret #1 as saying Don't do this or this or anything else (two examples and an "etc") that does what those things do (make you sick).

Another interpretation for #1 where it says "make yourself sick" is purging, making yourself throw up, which means the sentence is just telling you three things you shouldn't do. Completely different to #2.

#2 could be telling you why you shouldn't do 2 things (and I assume that was its aim), but because it didn't say "or", the grammar interferes to make it preferential advice.
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Thanks for the explanation! I interpreted "make yourself sick" as throwing up so I thought the sentences' meaning weren't equal but the teacher kept insisting they meant the exact same thing. Dx

Anyway, here's another question if you don't mind. So, I was just trying to solve a few English problems in preparation for the TOEIC exam tomorrow and I came across this problem:

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Now, four in ten cars sold in the United States are foreign makes __________ with less than a quarter twenty years ago.

1. comparison 2. comparable 3. comparative 4. compared
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Now, what I don't get is the "~are foreign makes~" part. I was liek o_O when I read the sentence. I absolutely have no clue what this sentence means so can anyone please explain? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-02-2013   #43
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A "foreign make" just means it's "made overseas".

"4/10 cars sold in the US are made overseas, compared with (or to) less than a quarter twenty years ago."

Does it make more sense like that? It's just the noun (+ plural) version instead of verb use, I guess~

(P.S. I prefer to put a comma where I did just because things seem clearer when they're more broken up to me, dunno about the grammar rules surrounding it)
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