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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:34:14 PM
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My house has a pair of gates.

Do I say "Close the gate" or "Close the gates"? Similarly, do I say "Close the door" or "Close the doors"?

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palapaguy
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:10:35 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
My house has a pair of gates.

Do I say "Close the gate" or "Close the gates"? Similarly, do I say "Close the door" or "Close the doors"?

Thanks.



Assuming it's a double gate (side-by-side gates that close at a single point rather than two gates one walks through successively) then it would be "gate." Same with "door."
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 12:07:16 AM

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If both gates were open (you wouldn't normally have to open both gates to go through), I would say "Could you close the gates, please."

It's the same with doors - if the person only opened one - "Could you close the door, please."
But if they open both of them "Could you close the doors, please."

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 2:46:40 AM
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Thanks to both of you.
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