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    Question 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

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    Could these two verbs be interchangably used (for cloth)?



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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    I don't think we'd normally use 'wrinkled' of cloth.

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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't think we'd normally use 'wrinkled' of cloth.


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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    Maybe it's a BrE/AmE difference, but I would say that my shirt was wrinkled and needed to be ironed.

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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    I'd say it was 'badly creased' or 'crumpled', but not 'wrinkled'. For me, 'wrinkled' is a word used mainly of skin. I don't know how typical I am of speakers of BrE on that - it may be personal.

    ps. (later). I have just done a search at the BNC. Of the first 50 examples of 'wrinkled', 41 referred to people or parts of their bodies, one each to custard skin, apples, olives, a bap, socks, stockings and a passage (!). two references were unclear, but they seemed unlikely to be to people.

    So, to support my feeling, 41 references were to human skin and three (custard, apples, olives) to another type of skin; however, I have to admit that two were to articles of clothing.
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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    Creases I may be able to shake out, or hang in the bathroom while I shower. Wrinkles require the iron.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: 'Crease' and 'Wrinkle'

    I don't know how typical I am of speakers of BrE on that
    While wrinkled is OK for clothes, I would go for creased too.

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