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    a) a chocolate box
    b) a box of chocolate
    c) a box of chocolates
    d) a box of cigar
    e) a box of cigars
    Which sentences are right?

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    a) a chocolate box
    b) a box of chocolate
    c) a box of chocolates
    d) a box of cigar
    e) a box of cigars
    Which sentences are right?
    a), c) and e) are correct, none of them are sentences.

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    Re: box

    a) a chocolate box - a box in which you keep chocolate
    b) a box of chocolate- a box containing chocolates
    c) a box of chocolates - a box containing chocolate-covered sweets
    d) a box of cigar
    e) a box of cigars- a box containing cigars
    f) a cigar box - a box in which you keep cigars


    a and f may have nothing in them at the moment of speaking.

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    Re: box

    I would interpret "a chocolate box" as a box made out of chocolate.

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    a) a chocolate box
    b) a box of chocolate
    c) a box of chocolates
    d) a box of cigar
    e) a box of cigars
    Which sentences are right?

    NOT A TEACHER

    This non-teacher respectfully offers these ideas:

    (a) She sent a chocolate box to each of her friends. (That is, a box made of chocolate. What a delicious gift!)

    (b) I would avoid this phrase.

    (c) The teacher is very popular because every Friday he brings a big box of
    chocolates to class as a reward for the students' hard work that week.

    (d) I would avoid this phrase.

    (e) He has just returned from Cuba with a box of Havana cigars.

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would interpret "a chocolate box" as a box made out of chocolate.
    I agree that that's possible, though the expression with this meaning would be be stressed differently from the expression meaning a box in which you keep chocolate.

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    Re: box

    I would have assumed a box made out of chocolates.

    Oddly:
    A cookie jar = a decorative container for cookies
    A candy dish = a dish you keep candies on

    But
    A chocolate box = a box made from chocolate. I've never heard of a box just for keeping chocolates in it. I wish I did. And I wish some magic elf kept it full all the time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard of a box just for keeping chocolates in it.
    I haven't come across many - but then I haven't come across many boxes made out of chocolate, either.

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I agree that that's possible, though the expression with this meaning would be be stressed differently from the expression meaning a box in which you keep chocolate.
    I would think of plural "chocolates" if I had a box of treats made from chocolate.

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    Re: box

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would think of plural "chocolates" if I had a box of treats made from chocolate.
    I agree, but it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that a person might want to store chocolate bars in a box, taking one a day from the chocolate box or box of chocolate.

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