I understand The shop is close =near. If itís supposed to mean it doesnít work, IMHO itís a mistake, a grammar calque from The shop is open. I think Iíve seen on some doors Ė Closed.
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James is a native speaker (I suppose), Mike is a native speaker too.... The native speakers must know what really is and is not correct! But you're both telling the same in a different way. Is it a problem of dialects or how is it caused?
Last edited by BobK; 25-Oct-2006 at 21:25. Reason: Corrected brackets
I assumed that you meant to ask "close" as "NOT FAR IN DISTANCE" & hence said "The shop is close", but otherwise, if you meant it in terms of close as NOT OPEN, then the right way would be "The shop is closed".
Thank you for the explanation!