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Am I right to say that a gate restricts entrance externally and a door restricts entrance internally ?
 

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I have moved your post to a new thread, al-anwaar. Please do not tack questions on to an existing thread if they have nothing to do with the topic being discussed.
 

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Am I right to say that a gate restricts entrance externally and a door restricts entrance internally ?


Generally a door is internal, however a gate can be both internal and external. A baby gate is a good example of this.
 

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Am I right to say that a gate restricts entrance externally and a door restricts entrance internally-?

Please note, al-anwaar, that a space before the question mark isn’t allowed.

 

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For the most part, I agree with you that gates are external. A gate restricts access to a yard, a field, or any outdoor space. There are some exceptions, some of them technical, such as waste gate or sluice gate. But baby gate, pointed out by Haniballl, is the only one I can think of that actually brings a gate inside the house.
 

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For the most part, I agree with you that gates are external. A gate restricts access to a yard, a field, or any outdoor space. There are some exceptions, some of them technical, such as waste gate or sluice gate. But baby gate, pointed out by Haniballl, is the only one I can think of that actually brings a gate inside the house.


I was also thinking of a cell gate in a prison. In movies etc I've heard them called gates and doors, so I'm not sure how you would categorise that.
 

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Good one mate. I stand corrected.
 

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I was also thinking of a cell gate in a prison. In movies etc I've heard them called gates and doors, so I'm not sure how you would categorise that.

Your reply calls attention to another distinction: gates are openwork They are collections of horizontal and vertical members, whereas doors are solid.
 

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Your reply calls attention to another distinction: gates are openwork They are collections of horizontal and vertical members, whereas doors are solid.

But not all doors are solid though. Screendoors? They may have mesh on them, but so do some gates.
 

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Got me again :)
 

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Got me again :)

Haha. This is why I find it confusing. What defines a gate, and what defines a door?

According to a quick google search:


Door:
[COLOR=#878787 !important]Noun[/COLOR]

  1. A hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard.


Gate:
[COLOR=#878787 !important]Noun[/COLOR]

  1. A hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge.


It doesn't specify internal or external. An opening in a wall could be internal or external.


And just a couple of Merriam-Webster links:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gate

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/door
 

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And garden gates are usually made of several solid planks of wood and are designed to be solid/strong enough to stop people getting in to your garden.
 
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