# Thread: get the door open//opened//to open

1. ## get the door open//opened//to open

Tom pulled very hard, but he just couldn't get the door ______.

A. open B. to open C. opened

Hi,
The above is a stand-alone question. I think the answer is C, but the given answer is B. So, is there something wrong with the given answer? Thanks.

2. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Both A and B are possible.

The double slashes are wrong.

3. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
Both A and B are possible.

The double slashes are wrong.
But why are A and B possible? And why doesn't C work?

4. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

C would be possible only if Tom was trying to get someone else to open the door.

5. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Originally Posted by Piscean
C would be possible only if Tom was trying to get someone else to open the door.
OK, let's look at more similar patterns:

Tom couldn't get the door painted.
Tom couldn't get the job done.

Are the above two right? If yes, then I really couldn't see why it doesn't sound right to say "Tom couldn't get the door opened?"

6. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

It's a bad question. All three answers are possible in some contexts.

7. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Originally Posted by GoesStation
It's a bad question. All three answers are possible in some contexts.
Thanks,
but I still can't figure out why A is correct. Isn't "open" an adjective, describing the state? But here, I think we need the p.p. of a verb to indicate "action" just like "get the door painted."

8. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Originally Posted by LewisJian
Thanks,
but I still can't figure out why A is correct. Isn't "open" an adjective, describing the state? But here, I think we need the p.p. of a verb to indicate "action" just like "get the door painted."
A is idiomatic in AmE at least. I'm not sure how to describe the grammatical function of open​ in "I can't get the door open", but we frequently say it that way.

9. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

In "I can't get the door open", "open" is an adjective. What you're saying is that, for some reason, you cannot make the door change from its current state (closed) to the state you want it in (open).

I can't get the jar open = I can't open the [closed] jar.
I can't get the carpet clean = I've tried but the carpet is still dirty.

10. ## Re: get the door open//opened//to open

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
In "I can't get the door open", "open" is an adjective. What you're saying is that, for some reason, you cannot make the door change from its current state (closed) to the state you want it in (open).

I can't get the jar open = I can't open the [closed] jar.
I can't get the carpet clean = I've tried but the carpet is still dirty.
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 clean the carpet.
I can't get the carpet cleaned.

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