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    Clean or Clean up?

    Hi,


    What's the difference between "clean" and "clean up"?


    Thanks.

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    Re: Clean or Clean up?

    Quote Originally Posted by MYE_SUYAT View Post
    Hi,


    What's the difference between "clean" and "clean up"?


    Thanks.
    It depends on the context.

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    Question Re: Clean or Clean up?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends on the context.
    Do I say, "Clean your desk?" or "Clean up your desk?"

    When do you use the verb "clean" and "clean up"?


    Thanks.

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    Re: Clean or Clean up?

    Quote Originally Posted by MYE_SUYAT View Post
    Do I say, "Clean your desk?" or "Clean up your desk?"

    When do you use the verb "clean" and "clean up"?


    Thanks.
    It depends on what you want the person to do with their desk.

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    Re: Clean or Clean up?

    I agree with bhaisahab that more context would be helpful.

    In general though, usually I hear "clean your desk" in the sense of removing dirt with a cloth and cleaning materials, whereas I tend to hear "clean up your desk" in the sense of organizing the objects on the desk (some people say "tidy up" for this sense, but that's not as common where I'm from).

    "Clean your desk" could also be used and/or interpreted in the sense of organization, but at least where I'm from, "clean up" would refer pretty clearly to organizing and not the other way around.
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