Close and shut

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Close and shut can often be used with the same meaning.

The past participles closed and shut can be used as adjectives.

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.


Reference: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, Oxford University Press.

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