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    open (adjective/verb)

    'Open' can be adjective or verb. I copied the following definitions from a dictionary (Longman Illustrated Dictionary for Today's children).

    open (1) adjective-ready for business e.g This shop is open at ten in the morning
    (2) verb-to be ready for business e.g What time does the bank open?

    I wonder if the following sentences are correct if I change the adjective to verb or vice versa.

    1. This shop opens at ten in the morning (I use the verb 'open' instead of the adjective 'open')
    2. What time is the bank open? (I use the adjective 'open' instead of the verb 'open')

    Thanks for your help!
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 28-Jul-2012 at 00:50. Reason: credit my source

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    Re: open (adjective/verb)

    Could anybody help, please?

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    Re: open (adjective/verb)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    open (1) adjective-ready for business e.g This shop is open at ten in the morning
    (2) verb-to be ready for business e.g What time does the bank open?
    These definitions are from a dictionary; please credit your source. This is not nit-picking; it's (a) courteous to acknowledge the work done by others, and (b) important not to upset copyright lawyers.

    I don't particularly like definition #1. If the shop opens at ten and closes at six, it is open between ten and six.
    I wonder if the following sentences are correct if I change the adjective to verb or vice versa.

    1. This shop opens at ten in the morning (I use the verb 'open' instead of the adjective 'open')
    2. What time is the bank open? (I use the adjective 'open' instead of the verb 'open')
    They are OK. I prefer the version with the verb.

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