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    I continue to hang by the thread open door

    Dear teachers,

    Many venerable NES deny emphatically the usage of the expression “open doors” in English language. Recently I have come across an interesting sentence where I saw gladly the expression in question.

    Would you tell me whether the expression “open doors” is common in your area or it is really a remnant from the past suitable only for such old “book worm” like me.?

    In British practice, the Open Door was an attempt to restore the broken balance of power in the Far East and on a world scale. It was, in other words, an instrument of “power politics”. (G. Marion, “Bases and Empire”)

    the open door = a policy of the open door = a policy whereby a nation trades with all other nations on equal terms

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/open-door#ixzz1ANUEURWz


    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Last edited by vil; 08-Jan-2011 at 09:21.

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    Re: I continue to hang by the thread open door

    "open doors" is not the same as "open door". An "Open Door" policy (not police) is as you defined. There is no "open doors" policy. The only excuse for using "open doors" is literal, you saw many door that were open. "The open doors allowed the fire to spread quickly."

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