Student or Learner
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?
"open up opportunities/possibilities" is not quite the same as "open up outcomes".
No, it isn't.
So, "open up outcomes" is not standard English?
I think the following definition is worth your reference, but I am not a teacher.
'open something↔up | open up
to become or make something possible'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n-up?q=open+up
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.
(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.
(BrE first language speaker.)