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    #11

    Re: get the door open//opened//to open

    I think the third sentence needs "to clean".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    English Teacher
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    #12

    Re: get the door open//opened//to open

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Thanks, by the way, is it also right to say the following?

    I can't get someone to open the jar.
    I can't get the jar opened.
    I can't get someone to clean the carpet.
    I can't get the carpet cleaned.
    With the one correction in red above, you can say all of them, but they all have a different meaning. They all mean that you have been unable to find someone else to do the task for you.

    I can't get this jar open = I have tried and I am unable to open it.
    I can't get this jar opened = I have been unable to find someone else to open the jar/I have asked several people to try and they have all failed to open the jar.

    I can't get the carpet clean = I have tried and I have been unable to make the carpet clean.
    I can't get the carpet cleaned = I have been unable to find a person to clean the carpet for me OR It is impossible (for some other reason) to even attempt to clean the carpet.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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