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    Use of ' Open to "

    Hi All,



    The following came up in class today.

    I said " Class, please open your books. Open to page 55"
    One of the learners asked me if open to is correct usage.

    I know " Open to " as a phrasal verb has other meanings but cant
    one use "open to+ Noun" to mean " open?" ( considering we say
    "open your books to page 55."
    Can someone clarify this please.

    Thanks in advance,

    arun

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    Re: Use of ' Open to "

    It is completely native to my ears to say "Open your books to page 55."
    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: Use of ' Open to "

    I would always say, "Open your books at page 55," or, "Turn to page 55 (in your books)". I don't like your example, but Barb-D find it natural, and I am sure many others do.

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    Re: Use of ' Open to "

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would always say, "Open your books at page 55," or, "Turn to page 55 (in your books)". I don't like your example, but Barb-D find it natural, and I am sure many others do.
    I don't find it (open to) natural, I would say "open your books at..." or "turn to..." I don't think "open to" is common as a phrasal verb.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 01-Nov-2010 at 08:38. Reason: Correction

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    Re: Use of ' Open to "

    I seem to remember this was learning another UK/US difference. We open our books to, and you open your books at.
    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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