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The shop wasn't/didn't open yesterday

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Mar 21, 2017 at 14:21.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Dear native English speakers
    Would both be used? If so, what's the difference in meaning between them?
    (1a) The shop wasn't open yesterday
    (1b) The shop didn't open yesterday.

    How about these?
    (2a) The shop isn't open on Mondays.
    (2b) The shop doesn't open on Mondays.

    Hirashin
     
  2. SomeCallMeChris

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    There's no effective difference and they're all acceptable.

    Of course, in general, didn't/doesn't implies volition more so than isn't/wasn't, but in these particular sentences that doesn't really matter.
     
  3. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Thank you for the help, SomeCallMeChris.
     
  4. mdchachi

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    I feel that 1b implies that the shop was supposed to be open yesterday but it didn't open due to some unusual happenstance. 2a and 2b are the same to me.
     
  5. hirashin

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    Thanks for the new information, mdchachi.
     

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