I'm not a native speaker. Is it good English to say

the result is (still) open

meaning that for whatever reason the result (e.g., of a study, of an examination) is not available yet, but will be in the future?

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In that situation, I would go with pending:

  1. awaiting a conclusion or a confirmation
  2. begun but not completed


the results are (still) pending


Your phrase makes sense but would feel incomplete to most English speakers because open's placement in this phrase, while meaning not finally settled, could also mean welcoming discussion, criticism, and inquiry and would then be followed by to or for, e.g., open to interpretation or @pageman's open for speculation.

(italicized definitions from NOAD)


or you can use the idiom "up in the air"

The results of the examinations are still up in the air.

if you really want to use something with "open" you can try:

The results of the examinations are still open for speculation.

  • These sound too informal to me... Are they?
    – Alenanno
    Apr 24, 2011 at 23:29
  • @Alenanno you would use "open for speculation" informally? hmmm plus I did QUALIFY my first example as idiomatic Apr 25, 2011 at 23:32

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