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    It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    "It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth CLOSED and his eyes OPEN."

    I came across the sentence on the internet which didn't make sense. I din't understand why they used " closed" as a past participle and "open" as an bare infinitive. Could someone tell me what functions they are in the sentence and please explain it to me. Thank in advance.

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    What, in your opinion, is the opposite of "open"?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Are you aware that "closed" and "open" can function as something other than forms of a verb?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you aware that "closed" and "open" can function as something other than forms of a verb?
    Do you mean they are adjectives in the context?

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Yes, they are adjectives to describe the state of the mouth.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Yes, "closed" is an adjective describing the mouth and "open" is an adjective describing the eyes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Thank a lot.

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    Re: It's quite strange that the man sleeps with his mouth closed and his eyes open.

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Note my correction above. However, also please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you" to anyone. Simply click on the "Thank" button which appears in the bottom left-hand corner of all posts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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