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    What is the difference between 'to wear one's clothes out', 'to wear one's clothes off' and 'to wear one's clothes down'?

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    If you wear your clothes out, you wear them when you go out (generally a good idea ) or you wear them so many times that they become thin and unwearable. In that second sense, it is more common to say that they are worn out than that that you have worn them out.

    We do not wear our clothes off or down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post

    We do not wear our clothes off or down.
    Then what is the difference between 'for clothes to wear off' and 'for clothes to wear down'?

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    Then what is the difference between 'for clothes to wear off' and 'for clothes to wear down'?
    They don't mean anything, in English we don't "wear clothes off" or "down".

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    Sorry. It was a bit confusing, I admit.

    I meant to use the wear off/out in 'for clothes to wear off/down' as intransitive. That is, the subject was not us humans but clothes.

    You don't say 'the clothes wore off/down'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Sorry. It was a bit confusing, I admit.

    I meant to use the wear off/out in 'for clothes to wear off/down' as intransitive. That is, the subject was not us humans but clothes.

    You don't say 'the clothes wore off/down'?
    No.

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    Re: wear

    In case there's still any doubt, we don't say, 'to wear one's clothes off' or 'to wear one's clothes down'.

    However, you can wear the soles of your shoes down. You could possibly wear a transfer off a T-shirt. Some people might say that they wore the buttons off their shirt.
    But we don't use those terms generally for clothes.

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    Thanks for the information!

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