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    #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.

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    #2

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

    Both A and B are possible.

    The double slashes are wrong.

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    #3

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Both A and B are possible.

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

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    #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.

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    #5

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    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?"

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    #6

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

    It's a bad question. All three answers are possible in some contexts.
    I am not a teacher.

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