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    laundry related question

    Teachers,

    When you ask someone if he/she has some clothes that need washing, can you use any of the following expression?

    Do you have any laundry?
    Do you have anything to wash?
    Do you have anything to be washed?
    Do you have anything need washing?

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: laundry related question

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    When you ask someone if he/she has some clothes that need washing, can you use any of the following expression?

    Do you have any laundry?
    Do you have anything to wash?
    Do you have anything to be washed?
    Do you have anything need washing?

    Thank you very much.
    They are all correct except the last one.

    For the last one:
    - Do you have anything needing washing?
    - Do you have anything that needs washing?
    - Do you have anything that needs to be washed? <--- Best choice

    The second one (Do you have anything to wash?) suggests that the person you are speaking to will be washing it himself. It doesn't HAVE to mean that, and context is everything in this case, but in isolation it does suggest that meaning.

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