Which word would you choose to fill in the gap following?
John tidied the living room while I cleared _____ the dirty dishes.
A. away B. out C. up D. off
I chose A and the answer key was also A. But when I looked up the dictionary to verify the answer, I found out that "clear away" and "clear up" had the same meaning - to make a place look tidier by putting things back where they belong. So why choose A not C?
Please help me. Thanks in advance.
Last edited by linhtho0211; 09-Jun-2009 at 14:30.
If the dirty dishes are on the table in the dining room, the sequence (in my use of the verbs) is:
- Clear the table / Clear the dishes away [the dirty dishes are not ready to be put away - they have just been moved to the kitchen]
- Wash up
- Dry up
- Put the dishes away
The dictionary that told you the two phrasal verbs 'had the same meaning' was over-simplifying (probably for lack of space). There are contexts where their meanings are similar.
Last edited by BobK; 09-Jun-2009 at 14:00. Reason: Expand