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In Japanese both of these are spelt as 開いて. It is pronounced as aite and hiraite depending on the situation in which it is used. As far as i know it has something to do with transitive and in-transitive verbs. I encountered this on Rosetta stone and am still confused with when to use it.


開いて is 'Te Form' from 開く, which when transitive it reads /hi ra ku/ and when intransitive reads /a ku/. 'Door opened' would be "Tobira WA aita" , where 'She opened the door' would be 'Kanojo WA tobira o hiraita'.

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