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Contact can be made immediately the door is opened.
This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage. But I don't understand what it means. Does 'contact' refer to electricity current, or anything else?
Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
I think your example is missing a conjunction: "when" or "after" the door is opened, would sound better to me. Collins Cobuild make good dictionaries, but when you're copy-editing so many editions errors are bound to occur from time to time.
I am following the thread with interest.
Immediately I arrived, they offered me a drink.
I can't think of any other words we do this with. Nor can I give you a definitive answer about your sentence, since all that thinking has temporarily impaired my acceptability antennae! I'll reply again tomorrow.
Immediately she knocked, he opened the door.
I'm still having difficulty with your original, Barb. Perhaps we tend to only start sentences with this construction here, but I note bhai's example:
It started to rain immediately I got outside.
Maybe bhai would like to give his opinion on your sentence.