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I'm an English teacher and a question has been preocupying my mind since my first experience of teaching. Take a look at this sentence:

"The door is closed every day at 8:00

What kind of sentence is it? Is it a passive sentence or simply a "to be verb" followed by an adjective.

  1. Someone closes the door every day at 8:00 (Action)
  2. The state of the door is closed evey day at 8:00 (State)
  • Syntactically, both interpretations are possible. Pragmatically, your interpretation #2 would be "perverse". If that was what someone really meant, they'd choose some clearer way of expressing it, such as The door is never / not open at 8:00. – FumbleFingers Apr 18 '18 at 14:22
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    Possible duplicate of "He is loved", is 'loved' an adjective or a verb? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 18 '18 at 14:25
  • It would be more colloquial to say that 'the building closes at 8:00 every day'. That is a matter of right of access rather than the practicality of whether (or not) Mr Whats-his-name was on time with the door situation. – Nigel J Apr 18 '18 at 22:16
  • @NigelJ It's hardly uncommon for individual entrances/exits to have specific hours set. Hotels and conventions centers come to mind, and I've seen it with large retail operations as well. That said, it would more likely be said that the door is locked at a certain time, not merely closed. – choster Apr 19 '18 at 16:34

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