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    Open or opened

    The door was open by the employee.
    The door was opened by the employee.
    Can we use "by somebody" after "open" (it's an ajective, not a verb). Are both sentences grammaticalli correct? Why?

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    Re: Open or opened

    Quote Originally Posted by english-help.okis.ru View Post
    The door was open by the employee.
    The door was opened by the employee.
    Can we use "by somebody" after "open" No (it's an ajective, not a verb). Are both sentences grammaticalli correct? Why?
    In the first sentence, as you've noticed, open is an adjective, and therefore cannot be followed by a by-phrase.
    In the second sentence, opened is part of the true passive construction, and a by-phrase can be applied easily.

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    Re: Open or opened

    Many thanks.

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