English for parents – open up and shut up

Open up! Shut up! These are not opposites. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. But they have very subtle differences depending on who is speaking. A parent can ask their child to “open up” and brush their teeth. But a dentist would say “open wide”. You can knock on a door and shout “open up” if you’re angryContinue reading “English for parents – open up and shut up”