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Hello Sally,
I'm not sure if I'm using the expression "doors" and "doors of opportunity" correctly. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct?
1. A college degree will open many doors for you.
2. Having a college degree will open many doors for you.
3. A college degree will open many doors of opportunity for you.
4. Having a college degree will open many doors of opportunity for you.

Hi, Glen,

You are using the phrases and words correctly in all 4 examples. However, in American English, you don't need the phrases "of opportunity" to accompany "doors," since the meaning is clear without that phrase.

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