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    sunsunmoon is offline Member
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    Default "untie" / "undo" one's shoelaces

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    undo
    to open or release (something) : to unfasten or loosen (something)
    ▪ undo a belt/button/zipper ▪ She undid [=unbuttoned] her blouse. ▪ I can't undo [=untie] this knot.

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    untie
    to undo the knots in or of (something) [+ obj]
    ▪ She untied her shoelaces/shoes. ▪ He untied the package and opened it. ▪ untie a rope ▪ Your shoelaces are untied. [no obj] ▪ The knot untied easily.


    Do you say "undo one's shoelaces/shoes" to mean "untie one's shoelaces/shoes"?

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    Default Re: "untie" / "undo" one's shoelaces

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Do you say "undo one's shoelaces/shoes" to mean "untie one's shoelaces/shoes"?
    Yes, when saying "my shoelaces are undone" or "your shoelaces are undone."

    However, I would tell you "I am untying my shoelaces"

    Both are understood -- neither is more correct than the other and it might depend on the regional area.

    Not a teacher

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