Close and shut
Close and shut can often be used with the same meaning.
- She closed/shut her eyes against the light.
- All the shops were closed/shut, so I couldnt buy anything.
- The shop closes/shuts at seven oclock.
- Could you close/shut the windows, please?
- Close/shut your eyes - I have a surprise for you.
- The shop is closed/shut on Sundays.
Note that the past participle shut cannot be used before a noun. We can say a closed shop or door, but not a shut shop or door.
Cases where close is preferred
We prefer close for slow movements.
- As we watched, he closed his eyes for the last time.
- Shut your mouth.
Reference: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, Oxford University Press.
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