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    Broke open

    ​The police broke open the door and found Veerpal's body.I read this news on the Times of India website.What part of speech does "open" belong to ? And how do we know whether it acts as an adverb or adjective?
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    Re: Broke open

    If you push/pull/break/smash a door open, you cause it to be open (adjective).

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    Re: Broke open

    Quote Originally Posted by jigneshbharati View Post
    What part of speech does "open" belong to ?

    NOT A TEACHER


    I did some googling and found a fascinating discussion about this topic at this website back in 2007.

    Please go to Google and type in these words:

    Adverbs - UsingEnglish.com May 4, 2007

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    Re: Broke open

    NOT A TEACHER

    I have found a scholarly book that gives one explanation.


    It satisfies me, an ordinary language user who has never studied linguistics at the university.

    I will use ordinary English to explain her points.

    1. "break open" consists of a verb + an adjective.

    2. There is a test that can prove that "break open" is a unit.

    3. That test is this: Can the adjective stay next to the verb if the verb-adjective combination is in front of a short object?

    a. Here is the scholar's test sentence: "You break / break open the window and get it."

    * Yes, "open" can stay next to the verb in that sentence with the short object ("the window").

    4. That scholar tells us that another scholar named Bolinger "treats verb-adjective combinations as a sub-category of phrasal verbs."


    Source: Multi-word Verbs in Early Modern English (2000) by Claudia Claridge. (Courtesy of Google "books.")

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    Re: Broke open

    Please put a space after every period ("full stop" in BrE). Do not put a space before a question mark or any other ending punctuation.
    I am not a teacher.

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