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    Open Up Outcomes

    I have a question about this:


    "Despite the Greek government's assertion that a no vote will not lead to a euro exit, most people agree it would open up more uncertain outcomes, especially if the ECB halts its life-support measures to Greece's banks. "


    Dictionaries suggest that only "open up opportunities/possibilities" is correct, and "open up outcomes" might be nonstandard. So, is the example poorly written?

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    No.

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    "open up opportunities/possibilities" is not quite the same as "open up outcomes".

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    No, it isn't.

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    So, "open up outcomes" is not standard English?

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    I think the following definition is worth your reference, but I am not a teacher.

    'open somethingup | open up
    to become or make something possible'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n-up?q=open+up

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    "open up opportunities/possibilities" is not quite the same as "open up outcomes".
    "Open up outcomes" means "open up the possibility of outcomes."
    If there are several possible outcomes, but only one can prevail, then in one sense the other outcomes are not opened up. You could regard this as an imprecise phrase; others would see it as a reasonable, readily-understood ellipsis.

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    "open up opportunities/possibilities" is not quite the same as "open up outcomes".
    Both looks the same to me. I think maybe it just means uncertain things will happen.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Both looks the same to me.
    I think 'both' takes a plural verb, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Open Up Outcomes

    (Not a Teacher. BrE first language speaker)

    Raymott's explanation works for me.

    I think perhaps the point is that the three words, "possibilities", "opportunities" and "outcomes" all have different meanings. In each case you need to take the meaning of the particular word used to modify how the sentence should be interpreted.

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