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Could you close the gate/gates, door, doors, please"?

 
 
Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 10:29 pm
My house has a pair of gates. If both gates were open, should I say "Could you close the gates, please" OR "Could you close the gate, please"?

Similarly, do I say "Could you close the door, please" OR "Could you close the doors, please"? if both doors are open.

Thanks.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 10:35 pm
@tanguatlay,
If you want more than one door/gate/drawer closed than use the plural. Doors, gates, drawers...

If only one door/gate/drawer is to be closed, then you would use the singular.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 02:43 am
@Sturgis,
Thanks, Sturgis.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 05:03 pm
@tanguatlay,
I know you're not asking about this, but I would change "could" to "would."
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 07:57 pm
@Roberta,
Roberta wrote:

I know you're not asking about this, but I would change "could" to "would."
Thanks.
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