Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

open to something

open to
1) accepting of other thoughts and ideas
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    • open to suggestions/discussion/ideas
  • Analysis
    To be 'open to' something means to be willing to discuss something or to consider it. "I am open to your thoughts on this if you'd like to share them with me." If you are liable to something or somehow vulnerable you can also say you are 'open to' something. "She has left herself wide open to criticism coming out with a comment like that." "Anyone not holding a ticket is leaving themselves open to being fined." You can also use 'open to' if you want to say something is available or accessible. "The collection is open to the public from May until early June." 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm really not sure what to do about this problem, but I am open to discussion on the matter.

    2. The new manager is not very creative, and she doesn't seem open to suggestions from the team.

    3. The Supplier is threatening to cancel his order, but he says he's open to dialogue if you're willing to negotiate.
    4. We're open to ideas here, so don't be afraid to speak up and let us know what you think we should do.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I would be open to doing something at the weekend together if anyone else is free?
    2. My family are very conservative they are not very open to liberal ideals.
    3. We made our garden open to the public over the holidays in order to raise money for charity.
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