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    He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?
    He puts cloth on, He takes cloth off?


    Which one is correct?

    Can it using in continuous tense? He putting on the cloth.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    Look up 'clothes'; it's probably what you mean. Ask again if you can't find examples.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    Here is an example: "put on/take off clothes"── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/clothes
    In the continuous tense, may I say "he is dressing"? I could not find an example.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    He puts on clothes.
    He puts clothes on.

    "On" can either put on before and after clothes?
    (Wearing a clothes)

    Why we use clothes instead of cloth? It that because T-shirt and pant consider as two things.
    Last edited by mampwamp; 02-May-2014 at 13:49.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    Quote Originally Posted by mampwamp View Post
    Why we use clothes instead of cloth?
    I am not a teacher

    Because clothes is the right word and cloth isn't.

    Clothes is not the plural of cloth, it's a completely different word.

    Clothes are what you wear, cloth is a fabric or a piece of fabric.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    And cloths are several pieces of fabric, and you don't wear cloths.
    And, for completeness, we don't have a singular 'clothe' as a noun; but to clothe (v) oneself is to put on clothes.
    Also, you can make clothes out of cloth; you can make cloths out of old clothes. No doubt they have a similar etymology, but they are now different things.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In the continuous tense, may I say "he is dressing"? I could not find an example.
    He's getting dressed would be more natural.

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    Re: He puts on cloth, He takes off cloth?

    Raymott is correct about the etymology. Originally, "clothes" was the plural of "cloth". When "clothes" developed its own meaning as "clothing", "cloths" became the plural of "cloth".

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...earchmode=none

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