Which board is proper to describe the state of any shop/restaurant?

For instance,

A restaurant with the board Close OR Closed?
A restaurant with the board Open OR Opened?

Well, if I think 'closed' is used when the restaurant is permanently or temporarily closed for more than a day (say for holidays or renovation), what about the conversation mentioned below? It takes -ed even for that day!

"Hey Mike, I forgot my specs at home. Do you see the restaurant there at distance? Is it open?
"Yeah, I do see. But it's closed.

I think open/opened or close/closed here is not a verb. If it isn't, then what is it in those examples?


1 Answer 1


Many businesses have signs saying open or closed.

When a business is open, it is ready to serve customers, and the doors are probably unlocked.
When a business is closed, it is not ready to serve customers, and the doors are likely locked.

Note that closed doesn't imply anything about when they'll open again. They may never open again, or they may open in five minutes. Many businesses post schedules on doors or windows saying when they'll be open or closed.

Both words are adjectives; see Language Log for details on why open and closed are in opposition.

  • What about a board of the restaurant stating 'close'? Also, if the restaurant board reads 'close', do we say that the restaurant is closed?
    – Maulik V
    Jan 7, 2014 at 5:09
  • @MaulikV I've never seen a sign saying "close". If I did, I'd assume that whoever wrote the sign made a mistake.
    – user230
    Jan 7, 2014 at 5:23
  • @snailboat I'm surprised you haven't seen any signs saying, "close" as I assume you've been to Japan where they are everywhere. I thought it was a Japanese-English thing, but then I also saw a "Path Close" construction sign in London...
    – Wes Alvaro
    May 15, 2018 at 16:16
  • can we say that "close" and "closed" are two completely different adjectives which happen to have a similar form?
    – Ooker
    Jun 7, 2018 at 12:53

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