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    close/shut...any difference?

    Hi,
    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.
    Sincerely,
    S.

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    Re: close/shut...any difference?

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    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.
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