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open or start operating

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open or start operating

Postby Hung Tao » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:22 am

Please tell me which sentence is correct:
1)What time does the cable car system open ?
2)What time does the cable car system start operating ?
Thanks a lot.
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Re: open or start operating

Postby Alan » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:34 am

Both are possible. It depends whether you are referring to public access (--> open) or movement of parts (-- start operating). The second, however, seems the more plausible/useful sentence to me.
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