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    Do these verbs mean the same?

    Are these verbs interchangeable? Have they got the same meaning?

    1) Please, clean your room up. There are too many things strewn on the floor.
    2) Please, tidy your room up.There are too many things strewn on the floor.
    3) Please, order your room.There are too many things strewn on the floor.
    4) Please, straighten your room out.There are too many things strewn on the floor.
    5) Please, straighten your room.There are too many things strewn on the floor.

    6) The shop assistant is cleaning up/tidying up/ordering/straightening (out) all the stuff from Versace.

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    Re: Do these verbs mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Are these verbs interchangeable? Have they got the same meaning?

    1) Please, clean your room up. There are too many things strewn on the floor. 'Clean up' may imply a removal of dirt that is not implied by 'tidy up'
    2) Please, tidy your room up.There are too many things strewn on the floor. Fine.
    3) Please, order your room.There are too many things strewn on the floor. This sounds unnatural to me.
    4) Please, straighten your room out.There are too many things strewn on the floor. This is possible, though we normally straighten out problems and misunderstandings.
    5) Please, straighten your room.There are too many things strewn on the floor. Thhis is just about possible, though we normally straighten our ties, shoulders or backs.
    'Strewn' is possible, though it has an old-fashioned air to me. I would probably use 'scattered (about/everywhere)'.

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    Re: Do these verbs mean the same?

    To straighten a misunderstanding/ a problem out= to clear up a misunderstanding/ a problem. Do they mean the same, don't they? So we can say that could be synonims?

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    Re: Do these verbs mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    To straighten a misunderstanding/ a problem out= to clear up a misunderstanding/ a problem. Do they mean the same, don't they? So we can say that could be synoniyms?
    In this sense, yes.

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