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They broke open the packing cases. Is that sentence grammatical? Is "break open" an verb phrase?
Jun 25, 2013 5:09 AM
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That statement is perfectly correct
June 25, 2013
break open, 强行破开,砸开 的意思
June 25, 2013
'They are breaking open packing cases' is present tense, whereas 'They break open packing cases' is a general statement e.g. 'Goverment officials break open packing cases when they suspect they contain something illegal' - that's not referring to something specific but something that generally happens now.
June 25, 2013
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