As I’ve been perusing the news, blogs, and social networks discussing various aspects of the government crisis in which we are currently mired, I have noticed that many people use “shutdown” and “shut down” interchangeably (or use one variation exclusively—to their detriment). I thought I would elucidate readers.
“Shutdown” is generally a noun.
- “The government shutdown affects us in many ways.”
- “The factory resumed operations after a brief shutdown.”
“Shut down” is a verb.
- “The government has shut down because Congress could not reach an agreement on the budget.”
- “Shut down your computer before disassembling it.”
- “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
- “The federal agencies are almost all shut down.”
The federal government may have shut down, but our use of proper grammar must not.