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    What does "clouds clear" mean?

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    Default Re: clouds clear

    Please give more context.

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    Default Re: clouds clear

    "Could clear" sounds like broken English by itself, but if you say...

    The clouds have cleared. You mean the sky is blue and cloud-free.

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    Default Re: clouds clear

    It sounds like a word-for-word transliteration of a foreign equivalent of our expression 'clear as mud' [=not at all clear']. Its opposite, 'crystal clear' (which is OK) provides an analogy for using the compared object in the position of an attributive adjective.

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    "Clouds clear"--

    --you'd probably see that with another word in there somewhere. "The clouds are clearing." "The clouds will clear this afternoon." Or maybe in past tense as "The clouds cleared yesterday afternoon." But in any case it means that the clouds are going away and the sky is clear as noted above.

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    Default Re: clouds clear

    The very different answers from Bob and Vidor show why it is so important for us to have real context. It is possible that one of them is correct - or neither. Without context, it is impossible to say.

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