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    Reopen and Keep Open

    I am not sure about some possible error:

    "For his more moderate members, Mr. Boehner offered a simple appeal — his plan would have reopened the government through Dec. 15, and extended the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7. "

    The verb "to reopen" is "to open again". So let's look at "to open", which means, in this context, the process of causing government to function, not causing the government to "continue" to function.
    So, could the original example be corrected like this:

    "...his plan would have reopened the government and kept it open through Dec. 15..."

    to make the "continuation" part more clear?


    source: nytimes.com/2013/10/16/us/politics/as-deadline-looms-boehner-herding-cats-in-bid-for-deal.html?_r=0

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    Re: Reopen and Keep Open

    Quote Originally Posted by cpusr View Post
    I am not sure about some possible error:

    "For his more moderate members, Mr. Boehner offered a simple appeal — his plan would have reopened the government through Dec. 15, and extended the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7. "

    The verb "to reopen" is "to open again". So let's look at "to open", which means, in this context, the process of causing government to function, not causing the government to "continue" to function.
    So, could the original example be corrected like this:

    "...his plan would have reopened the government and kept it open through Dec. 15..."

    to make the "continuation" part more clear?


    source: nytimes.com/2013/10/16/us/politics/as-deadline-looms-boehner-herding-cats-in-bid-for-deal.html?_r=0
    You are correct in a technical sense. However, it is understandable as written.

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    Re: Reopen and Keep Open

    So, it is some sort of journalistic jargon?

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    Re: Reopen and Keep Open

    Quote Originally Posted by cpusr View Post
    So, it is some sort of journalistic jargon?
    In journalism, space is critical. Saving words is a constant concern.

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    Re: Reopen and Keep Open

    So, outside of journalism, it is considered an error?

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    Re: Reopen and Keep Open

    Thread closed. Clone of banned user.
    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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