s'ouvrir and ouvrir

Jean

Kwiziq community member

27 April 2017

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s'ouvrir and ouvrir

How does one choose which one to use , eg to say " When do the shops open ?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

28 April 2017

28/04/17

Bonjour Jean !

That's an interesting question !

We will use "s'ouvrir" when meaning "to open *on* oneself", referring to a physical action:
"La porte s'ouvre."

"La pièce s'ouvre sur un décor splendide." (The play opens on a splendid set.)
-> Here it's probably a usage referring to the opening of the curtains at the beginning of a play.

when meaning "to open oneself [emotionally]"
"Je m'ouvre enfin aux autres."

or in context with parts of the body:
"Je me suis ouvert le genou." (I cut my knee open.)

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Jean

Kwiziq community member

28 April 2017

28/04/17

Merci Aurélie.

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