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    There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    1) There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    2) There is a shop with a board hanging over it that reads "books shop".

    3) There is a hotel at the end of the road. "Avalon" is written over it. The hotel front reads "Avalon".

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    A person looking through binoculars might say:

    There's a shop with a sign that reads "Tufguy's Bookshop."

    Even then, I would more likely say:
    There's a shop called Tufguy's Bookshop.

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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    In a descriptive passage, you might read something like "A bookstore faces the street. The sign above the door reads 'Tufguy's Books'".
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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In a descriptive passage, you might read something like "A bookstore faces the street. The sign above the door reads 'Tufguy's Books'".
    Okay so we have to say "sign above the door reads". Even if that shop has a board hanging above the door then also we have to say "sign".

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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    We generally call it a sign even if it consists of a board with writing on it. There's nothing wrong with describing it as a "board", but "sign" is much more common.
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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop". A board here could be confused with a billboard which is something that stands in front of the shop, and usually contains information like menus, new books added, etc.

    2) There is a shop with a board hanging over it that reads "books shop". I can't quite picture what it looks like for a board to hang over a shop. This is not a Christmas tree!

    3) There is a hotel at the end of the road. "Avalon" is written over it. The hotel front reads "Avalon". What do you want to say with "written over it"? This could be construed as graffiti.

    Please check my sentences.
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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    This would fit the description of a board hanging over/outside a shop with the shop name on. I would call it a sign too but others will happily call it a board.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    Good picture. I didn't think of that. But unless you are down Main Street, I don't see many signs like that in American cities.

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    Re: There is a shop that has a board on that reads "books shop".

    If it does say books shop, then the owner is not likely to be a native speaker.

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