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    Open

    Dear sirs,
    Why do we write "The door is open" instead of "The door is opened" if the verb "to open" is a regular one?
    I compare with the verb "to close". We do not write "The door is close". The correct form is "The door is closed".
    Please let me know.
    Thanks a lot.
    André

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    Re: Open

    Not a teacher.

    'open' can be adjective in the meaning of 'not shut or closed' as well.

    Await for the teachers. : )


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    Re: Open

    Quote Originally Posted by supada View Post
    Not a teacher.

    'open' can be adjective in the meaning of 'not shut or closed' as well.

    Await for the teachers. : )
    Yes.

    Open describes the door's position; the state the door is in: the state of being open.

    If you wanted to desribe a visual attribute of a door such as it's colour - you would say:

    The door is red.

    Or if you wanted to describe a physical attribute like it's size:

    The door is big.

    Open works in the same way: it describes the door.

    It doesn't describe an action in the way the verb open does.

    I will open the door

    The door has been opened

    He is opening the door

    I want you to open the door

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    #4

    Smile Re: Open

    You colloquium seem to have forgotten to give an example sentence in which you could actually say the door is opened (I'm talking about the passive):

    Before the door is opened, all auditionees await the judges to appear in the hall.



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    Re: Open

    Thanks a lot for your explanation!

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