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    #1

    turn off something

    To turn off something means to make a machine such as a radio, television, etc. stop, or stop the flow of water, gas, etc.

    Is the above sentence acceptable?
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    #2

    Re: turn off something

    It's acceptable. I'd change it a little:

    To turn off something means to make a machine such as a radio or a television stop, or to stop the flow of something like water or gas.

    I would avoid etc. in formal writing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: turn off something

    I prefer to start the sentence like this:

    To turn something off means ...

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    #4

    Re: turn off something

    I'd avoid etc.​ in informal writing, too.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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