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    What's the difference between the two?

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    Smile Re: open time vs. opening time

    Whereas 'opening time' describes the hours within which a shop would be open for trading, 'open time' might be used in a similar way to, for example, open forum: where formal discussion is opened up to general debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    What's the difference between the two?

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    "our opening time is 9:00 a.m. M-F." (Specific time that business begins)
    "The time we are open is from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-F." (Period of time that the business is open).

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    Default Re: open time vs. opening time

    Hi all.

    Do 'business hours', 'opening hours' and 'opening time' have the same meaning as described in the previous threads?


    Say a game starts at 3. Can you say the opening/open time is at 3? Any better suggestions?

    Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi all.

    Do 'business hours', 'opening hours' and 'opening time' have the same meaning as described in the previous threads?

    Nefertiti,
    * 'Business hours' are the hours the business is open. "Ace Hardware's business hours are 9-5 each day."
    * 'Opening hours' and 'opening time' are awkward and, frankly, are not commonly used. It is more common to say: "Ace Hardware will open at 9:00 a.m. M-F." Or, when calling the store directly you would ask: "What time do you open tomorrow?"

    Say a game starts at 3. Can you say the opening/open time is at 3? No, this is not common usage. Any better suggestions? Games do not have 'opening times'. Games have beginning times. "The football game is scheduled to begin at 4:05 p.m."

    Thanks for the replies.
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    Default Re: open time vs. opening time

    Hi amigo,

    'Opening hours' and 'opening time' are awkward and, frankly, are not commonly used.

    Maybe this is true in the States.

    But see the following: (from Longman dictionary)
    opening hours - the hours when a shop, bank, bar etc is open to the public
    (British English)

    opening time - the time that a business opens to the public


    Say a bank, shop or bar. Do you also say 'beginning times'?

    e.g. The bank's beginning time is at 8:30.
    e.g. The shop's beginning time is at 10:00.
    e.g. The bar's beginning time is at 7:00.

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Default Re: open time vs. opening time

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi amigo,

    'Opening hours' and 'opening time' are awkward and, frankly, are not commonly used.

    Maybe this is true in the States.

    But see the following: (from Longman dictionary)
    opening hours - the hours when a shop, bank, bar etc is open to the public
    (British English)

    opening time - the time that a business opens to the public


    Say a bank, shop or bar. Do you also say 'beginning times'?

    e.g. The bank's beginning time is at 8:30.
    e.g. The shop's beginning time is at 10:00.
    e.g. The bar's beginning time is at 7:00.

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks for the reply.
    Hi, Nefertiti!

    Apparently, I stand corrected! You are right, I gave you the American English interpretation of the meaning of 'opening hours'! A quick search on Google shows me that the British interpretation is indeed, different. (Why am I not surprised??? )

    I'll defer to a British English member for additional guidance on the terms you are presenting.

    However, in the US we would say, "The bank/shop/bar opens at 9:00 a.m." And, "Regular business hours of the bank/shop/bar are from 9-5 each day."

    Come visit us in the US...we'll go shopping together during regular business hours!!!

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: open time vs. opening time

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi all.

    Do 'business hours', 'opening hours' and 'opening time' have the same meaning as described in the previous threads?


    Say a game starts at 3. Can you say the opening/open time is at 3? Any better suggestions?

    Thanks for the replies.
    Business hours: used in relation to the time in which business is carried out by an organization.

    Business hours for xxxx Company are 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

    Opening hours : used to indicate the hours during which the public have access to somewhere.

    The museum's opening hours are 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

    Opening time: indicates the time at which an organization or business opens its doors to its customers.

    The museum's opening time is 10.30 a.m.

    A game / match will have a starting time.

    The match will start at 6.30 p.m. The opening time for the ticket office is 5.00 p.m.

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