I had a student ask me the other day about the difference between the two verbs 'to close' and 'to shut'. I found this quiz to help him out http://www.english-test.net/esl/lear...0/esl-test.php , but I haven't been able to give him a clear, concise explanation (if there is one).
Any ideas on how to explain the difference between 'to close' and 'to shut'? Is there any clear explanation for 'close/shut' like there is for the verbs 'to come' and 'to go'?
Any help would be appreciated.
Apart from the idiomatic or highly collocated uses, as appear in several of those quiz questions (open-and-shut case; the road is closed, etc), I see no difference except a slight one of formality, close being preferred in writing, perhaps.