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    Get someone to open up

    Hi,

    Does the expression above mean "let someone to speak freely and candidly by making them feel free?"

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    Re: Get someone to open up

    That's very, very close. I don't know if you can make someone feel free. Also, "let" and "get" have different meanings. So I would put it this way: "persuade someone to speak freely and candidly."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Get someone to open up

    It's the kind of thing that counsellors or psychotherapists do - they try to make their patient/client feel comfortable enough to talk about their innermost feelings.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Get someone to open up

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    Does the expression above mean "let someone to speak freely and candidly by making them feel free?"
    On an unrelated note, we use let+object+bare infinitive. I believe it's simply a typo, though.
    Last edited by kilroy65; 30-May-2016 at 17:16.

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    Re: Get someone to open up

    It could be that sepmre mixed up the usage of "to allow someone to + infinitive" and "to let someone + bare infinitive".

    Does the expression mean "allow someone to do something"?
    Does the expression mean "let someone do something"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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