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Yesterday I went to the drugstore where I haven't been for a long time, but it was closed, I mean, it was out of business. In this case, which sentence should I use? I'm saying to someone at that moment, 1) It's closed. 2) It's been closed. 3)It closed. 4)It closed down. I'd like to put the meaning that this is permanent.

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    I'd vote for 4) closed down - that way there's no doubt remaining. Apr 22, 2015 at 13:22
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    The best way (IMO) is to forego "closed" in favor of "out of business": They went out of business.
    – J.R.
    Apr 23, 2015 at 1:55

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It's closed.

The shop is not currently open for business

It's been closed.

At some point in the past, the shop wasn't open for business (sounds awkward, you would say "it was closed" instead). Or: Someone has closed the shop for the day (still sounds awkward, you would say "it's closed")

It closed

The shop has closed down forever

It closed down

Same as above, the shop has closed down forever

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    "It closed" on its own does suggest a permanent closure, but it is a weak suggestion, easily broken by additional timeline information. "I tried to get bread from the store, but it closed before I got there."
    – Adam
    Apr 22, 2015 at 17:08
  • Everything is very clear now. Thak you. Apr 22, 2015 at 22:40

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