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1) I've wiped down all the surfaces in the kitchen.
2) I've cleaned up all the surfaces in the kitchen.
3) I've tidied my room up.
4) I've cleared my room up.
Do the first two sentences mean the same? Can those two verbs be used interchangeably?
What about the second two sentences? Do they mean the same? Can I use these two verbs for the same contexts without changing the meaning of the sentence?
I'm not the best housekeeper, but the "wiping down" happens last, after I've "cleaned up" and everything else is "cleared off" and things are "put away."
Once the counters are clear of dishes, food, and appliances, you can wipe them down to disinfect. I don't see the first two as interhchangeable at all.
Last edited by Barb_D; 06-Oct-2011 at 20:10.
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.