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    "open up"

    When open is a verb, what is the difference between "open" and
    "open up"?


    I open this stop.
    I open up this stop.
    Which is correct?

    I do not know the difference in usage
    thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: "open up"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    When open is a verb, what is the difference between "open" and
    "open up"?


    I open this stop of the bottle. OK (separate the part from the bottle)
    I open up this stop. see explanation below
    Which is correct?

    I do not know the difference in usage
    thanks.
    Open verb (T): to remove or separate part of a container so that you can see or use what it contains
    Don't open a new bottle just for me.
    Open verb (BEGIN)
    I'm going to open an account with another bank.
    The Olympic Games open tomorrow.
    Open verb (READY)
    If a shop or office opens at a particular time of day, it starts to do business at that time
    The café opens at ten o'clock.
    Open up; phrasal verb
    to start to talk more (or disclose facts)about yourself and your feelings
    I've never opened up to anyone like I do to you.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 14-Sep-2009 at 06:28.


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    Re: "open up"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    When open is a verb, what is the difference between "open" and
    "open up"?


    I open this stop.
    I open up this stop.
    Which is correct?

    I do not know the difference in usage
    thanks.
    Both are correct. Using "up" emphasizes completeness.

    The only thing I would question is "stop". What does it mean to open a "stop"? Do you mean something else? Do you mean "open a shop"?

    They're gonna open up another store, I heard.

    Here's the phrasal verb "open up" from the AHD. http://www.answers.com/topic/open

    With the underlined examples, it's also correct to use just "open", but it wouldn't sound the same. Sometimes we need "up" to complete the meaning by emphasizing completeness, as in completely opened up.

    phrasal verb:




    open up
    1. To spread out; unfold: A green valley opened up before us.
      1. To begin operation: The new store opens up next month.
      2. To begin firing: The artillery opened up at dawn.
    2. > Informal. To speak freely and candidly: At last the frightened witness opened up and told the truth.
    3. To make an opening in by cutting: The surgeon opened up the patient's chest.
    4. To make available or accessible: open up new markets.
    5. Informal. To accelerate. Used of a motor vehicle.
    > This sense of the verb which means speak freely and candidly, requires "up" in order to be correct.

    Informal. To speak freely and candidly: At last the frightened witness opened up and told the truth.
    Last edited by PROESL; 14-Sep-2009 at 06:47.

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    Exclamation Re: "open up"

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    Both are correct. Using "up" emphasizes completeness.

    The only thing I would question is "stop". What does it mean to open a "stop"? Do you mean something else? Do you mean "open a shop"?

    They're gonna open up another store, I heard.

    Here's the phrasal verb "open up" from the AHD. open: West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Full Article) from Answers.com

    With the underlined examples, it's also correct to use just "open", but it wouldn't sound the same. Sometimes we need "up" to complete the meaning by emphasizing completeness, as in completely opened up.

    phrasal verb:







    open up
    1. To spread out; unfold: A green valley opened up before us.
      1. To begin operation: The new store opens up next month.
      2. To begin firing: The artillery opened up at dawn.
    2. > Informal. To speak freely and candidly: At last the frightened witness opened up and told the truth.
    3. To make an opening in by cutting: The surgeon opened up the patient's chest.
    4. To make available or accessible: open up new markets.
    5. Informal. To accelerate. Used of a motor vehicle.
    > This sense of the verb which means speak freely and candidly, requires "up" in order to be correct.

    Informal. To speak freely and candidly: At last the frightened witness opened up and told the truth.
    I agree. There is no problem if it is shop instead of stop, which means
    a closing or filling up, as of the mouth of a bottle.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 15-Sep-2009 at 04:47.

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