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    ripped the letter open

    Hello, I am looking up the dictionaries nowadays. I am confused with this sentence.

    rip - definition of rip by Macmillan Dictionary

    "Jodie ripped the letter open"

    What is the meaning of "the letter open", a letter has already opened?

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    Re: ripped the letter open

    No- she opened the letter by ripping it (presumably the envelope).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Oct-2013 at 17:56. Reason: typo

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    Re: ripped the letter open

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    Hello, I am looking up the dictionaries nowadays. I am confused with this sentence.

    rip - definition of rip by Macmillan Dictionary

    "Jodie ripped the letter open"

    What is the meaning of "the letter open", a letter has already opened?
    You can look at it as a phrasal verb, to rip open. The phrase is not "the letter open".
    "She ripped open the letter." "He fell onto the bayonet and his guts ripped open."

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    Re: ripped the letter open

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can look at it as a phrasal verb, to rip open. The phrase is not "the letter open".
    "She ripped open the letter." "He fell onto the bayonet and his guts ripped open."
    Yes, I have seen it clearly on here.
    tear - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    tear something + adjective I tore the package open.I tore open the package.

    Thank you, I am giving the link above in case somebody needs an extra information like me.

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