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She opened her shopping bag and took out an umbrella.
Can you open this jam jar?
Open your books at page 25.
Do you mind if I open a window?
The school gates are opened at 8.45.
She opened her arms to hug me.
They decided to move to Spain and open a bar.
The college first opened in the 1960s.
There are plans to open the gardens to the public.
The telecommunications market has been opened up to competition.
The farmer opens his gates to visitors during the lambing season.
She opened the debate by summarizing her party's position.
The police have opened an investigation into his business affairs.
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