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    #1

    the air is closed

    Hi,

    Is ''The air/wind is closed today'' correct?
    Can I also use ''muggy'' in this sense?

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    #2

    Re: the air is closed

    Is ''The air/wind is closed today'' correct?
    No, You can say "It's very close today". You can also use 'muggy'.

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    #3

    Re: the air is closed

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    No, You can say "It's very close today". You can also use 'muggy'.
    I'm not sure I'm following. Piscean, are you suggesting "It's very close today." as an alternative for "The air is very close today." ?

    If so, then perhaps this is just a BrE expression, because neither one makes sense to me, at least as synonyms for saying the air is muggy.

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    Re: the air is closed

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I'm not sure I'm following. Piscean, are you suggesting "It's very close today." as an alternative for "The air is very close today." ?
    The air is very close/muggy today do not sound very natural to me. I'd simply use It. Both close ( warm and uncomfortable because there does not seem to be enough fresh air' - Macmillan ) and muggy are common in BrE

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    Re: the air is closed

    I've never heard air referred to as 'close', although we do use 'muggy' in AmE. Referring to air as 'close' would likely draw blank stares in AmE. I doubt anyone would even figure out what was meant.

    We do sometimes refer to muggy weather as the air being 'thick' or 'sticky'.

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    Re: the air is closed

    "Close air" means nothing to me. I prefer air to be close, so I can breathe it.

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    #7

    Re: the air is closed

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I've never heard air referred to as 'close', although we do use 'muggy' in AmE. Referring to air as 'close' would likely draw blank stares in AmE. I doubt anyone would even figure out what was meant.

    We do sometimes refer to muggy weather as the air being 'thick' or 'sticky'.
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    In BrE we might refer to the type of weather conditions described as close, muggy, thick or sticky.

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    #8

    Re: the air is closed

    I've never heard of it either.

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    #9

    Re: the air is closed

    See definition 4 HERE. It's used extensively in BrE, without "air".

    Wow, it's really close today. I think there might be a thunderstorm later.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: the air is closed

    In AmE we don't use "close" like that. We do use "muggy" and "humid".

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