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    meanings of open

    I would like to ask about the two different meaning of the open because I cannot distinguish between them.

    Open: Become available "an opportunity opened up"
    Open: Maka availabe "This opens up new possibilities."

    So what is the difference between them?

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    Re: meanings of open

    Although both sentences use the active voice, the first expresses a passive situation: without any actor, the opportunity appeared.

    The second is entirely active: something ("this") acted to create the new possibilities.
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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Although both sentences use the active voice, the first expresses a passive situation: without any actor, the opportunity appeared.

    The second is entirely active: something ("this") acted to create the new possibilities.
    Is this the only difference? Is there any significant difference between them? Then can we think of "become available" is the passive form of "make available" ?

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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Although both sentences use the active voice, the first expresses a passive situation: without any actor, the opportunity appeared.
    I don't agree that this is a passive situation. If there is no actor/agent, there can be no passive.

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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Open: (itself) Become available "an opportunity opened up"
    Open: Make (something) available "This opens up new possibilities."
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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I would like to ask about the two different meanings (delete the) open because I cannot distinguish between them.

    Open: Become available: "An opportunity opened up"
    Open: Make available: "This opens up new possibilities."

    So what is the difference between them?

    Source: Wordweb

    Thank you.
    Nothing. They mean the same thing. In both, someone or something opened an opportunity.

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    Re: meanings of open

    Regarding passivization:

    In the second sentence, "open" is used as a transitive verb, and the sentence can be passivized:

    active voice: This opened up new opportunities. --> passive voice: New opportunities were opened up (by this).

    In the first sentence, "open" is used as an intransitive verb, and the sentence cannot be passivized.

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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I would like to ask about the two different meanings (delete the) open because I cannot distinguish between them.
    Is it: 1. "I would like to ask about the two different meanings of open" or 2. "I would like to ask about the two different meanings open" ?

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    Re: meanings of open

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    A person looking for an opportunity couldn't care less about any difference between the two. However, grammatically as has been noted, both sentences are active
    What does it mean by "couldn't care less" ? Does it mean "could care much" i.e "give importance" ?

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