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    Post Can we also say ...

    Dear teachers,

    Can we say 'I clean my room every day' to replace 'I tidy my room every day' ?

    'There was a football game on TV yesterday' to replace 'There was a football match on TV yesterday' ?

    'He had a feaver yesterday' to replace 'He had a temperature yesterday' ?

    'Were you home yesterday?' to replace 'Were you at home yesterday?' ?

    'Were you sick?' to replace 'Were you ill?' ?

    Thank you!


    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    Re: Can we also say ...

    ALL ANSWERS IN CONTEXT!!

    Can we say 'I clean my room every day' to replace 'I tidy my room every day' ?

    Clean = wash, vacuum clean, polish, remove dirt .... but can be used to mean tidy.

    Tidy = put things away, fold clothes and put them into draws, put toys back where they belong .. etc

    'There was a football game on TV yesterday' to replace 'There was a football match on TV yesterday' ?

    Game = Game
    Match = Competition

    'He had a feaver yesterday' to replace 'He had a temperature yesterday' ?

    Fever = A medical term to describe a health condition.
    Temperature = Increased body temperature.

    'Were you home yesterday?' to replace 'Were you at home yesterday?' ?

    Both have the same meaning.

    'Were you sick?' to replace 'Were you ill?' ?

    Sick = To pass vomit from your stomach out through your mouth. Is used by native speakers to mean ill.
    Ill = To be in bad health, have an illness, disease, ache, pain ... etc

    Basically one must realize that there are a choice of many words (that may basically mean the same) when using a language and these can be changed depending on context, meaning or feeling. When we talk, we transfer our information to another and by using different words, we can transfer additional information such as; the picture we see, the feeling we have, the strength of our meaning ...etc This is called our minds-eye!

    We must also remember that the use of English can change depending on the location of the speaker (meaning their culture or place of upbringing and that what may be correct for one, may sound strange, however, understandable to another.)

    Rob
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