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    Allen165 is offline Key Member
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    On vs. to

    "The Toronto Raptors have not closed the door to making a sign-and-trade team deal to net some return for star Chris Bosh."

    I would've written "on making...." Are both prepositions correct?


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    Re: On vs. to

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "The Toronto Raptors have not closed the door to making a sign-and-trade team deal to net some return for star Chris Bosh."

    I would've written "on making...." Are both prepositions correct?


    Thanks.
    (Not a teacher.)
    My preference is "to".

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    Re: On vs. to

    I would say 'to' is better. The preposition 'to' here means something like 'that has the pathway to'. For example,
    A: what door is broken?
    B: the door to the basement.
    This is true for literal meanings and figurative meanings.
    If you use 'on'. The preposition 'on' here means 'that is located on the surface of'. For example,
    A: What door is broken?
    B: The door on the shed.
    The meanings are slightly different.

    Although you could use both in this sentence and both are grammatically correct.
    Last edited by macanudo; 06-Jul-2010 at 13:50. Reason: Changed my mind

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    Re: On vs. to

    I would have written "closed the door on" as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: On vs. to

    You can both 'close the door to someone' ('The palace has closed its doors to visitors') and 'close the door on someone' ('How dare you close the door on me when I'm trying to help!'). When 'close the door to' and 'close the door on' are used figuratively, I don't see enough difference in meaning to merit writing about. So, either in my opinion.

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