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    pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break them

    Parent talking to a child handing over his (the parent's) glasses:

    1. No, you don't have to open them for me. You might overextend the hinge.

    2. No, you don't have to pull open the temples for me. You might break them.

    3. No, you don't have to unfold them because you might break them.

    I don't like them. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 28-Jul-2016 at 03:22. Reason: changed to plural
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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

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    No, don't open them. You might break the hinge.

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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

    The two pieces of plastic/metal on the sides of your glasses which go over your ears are called the "arms".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

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    No, don't open them. You might break the hinge.
    If that action is called opening, do you call the opposite action closing? Or is it folding?
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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

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    If that action is called opening, do you call the opposite action closing? Or is it folding?

    The action of folding/closing is taken for granted in most situations, so it's not often specified.
    "When you've finished reading, put your glasses back in the case." (the closing/folding is assumed)
    "I like sunglasses that (close/fold to) fit neatly into my pocket."

    If I did mention the action, I think I might say "fold" rather than "close", but I don't sense that one is more correct than the other.

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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    If that action is called opening, do you call the opposite action closing? Or is it folding?
    Do you have specific words for those actions in Tagalog, Marcus?

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    Re: pull open eyeglasses, overextend and break it

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Do you have specific words for those actions in Tagalog, Marcus?
    The words won't be specific to eyeglasses. The Tagalog counterpart of fold and open would be used.
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