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    riped the parcel open

    She excitedly ripped the parcel open.


    Please explain (ripped the parcel open)

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    Re: riped the parcel open

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    She excitedly ripped the parcel open.


    Please explain (ripped the parcel open)
    The parcel was wrapped in paper. She was too excited to unwrap it carefully, but just tore the paper - phrasal verb: 'rip open' [=open by means of ripping].

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    Re: riped the parcel open

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The parcel was wrapped in paper. She was too excited to unwrap it carefully, but just tore the paper - phrasal verb: 'rip open' [=open by means of ripping].
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    Hello BobK,
    I thought that this structure (rip the parcel open) is not because rip open is a phrasal verb, but because it is has the same structure, for example as "He shot the man dead", where we have a verb, an object and an adjective (open, dead, etc.)which indicates the result of the action expressed by the verb.

    Another example:" She pushed the door open"

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask. I have some difficulty myself when it comes to explaining the syntax of a sentence like this.

    Best regards

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    Re: riped the parcel open

    You've got me there We'll have to hope that someone who knows more than I do about grammar confirms your correction.

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    Re: riped the parcel open

    I'm not sure whether it is correct or not.I was just wondering myself.I couldn't find info on this and this is the way I explain it.But I think it works.

    I hope somebody knows more on this and let us know!

    All the best

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    Re: riped the parcel open

    hmm...I smell a can of worms here and I don't like squiggly things!
    My two cents:

    I think you can also say: "She ripped open the package" and "She pushed open the door" but not "She shot dead the man"

    Is it just me? Oh, and I don't have a theory either

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