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    #1

    +ing

    Hello,

    What is the difference with 'month cleaning' and 'month clean'?

    I mean if we don't put +ing after 'clean', does the meaning change?

    Or

    Hand wash-hand washing, car wash-car washing, long jump-long jumping...
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    #2

    Re: +ing

    So much depends on the context. Could you provide some sentences you are not sure about?

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    Re: +ing

    For example I am going to a dentist ,and I want to clean my month.

    -I would like to know how much I have to pay for a month clean.

    Or

    -I would like to know how much I have to pay for a month cleaning.

    I would like to know what the difference between month clean and month cleaning is.

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    Re: +ing

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    For example we go to a dentist ,and I want to clean my month.
    I don't know what you mean by 'clean my month'. Do you mean that you want to have your teeth cleaned once a month?

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    #5

    Re: +ing

    Yes. I looked up a dictionary ,and I found 'month clean' and 'month cleaning'. Is there any distinction between American English and British English or something else?

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    #6

    Re: +ing

    You are using phrasing we are not familiar with.

    A monthly cleaning would work grammatically but that's an unusual request at a dentist.
    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.

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    Re: +ing

    It would be 'mouth cleaning'...Sorry...

    I would like to know how much I have to pay for a mouth cleaning.
    I would like to know how much I have to pay for a mouth clean.

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    I would like to know how much I have to pay for a mouth clean/cleaning.

    That, too, is unnatural.

    We'd probably say, "How much does it cost have have my teeth cleaned?"

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