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    Smile clear up/clean up the mess

    Before you go out to the mall, you have to clean/clear up that mess in your room.



    I wonder if both clean and clear work in the above sample. If yes, are they different in meaning? Thanks.


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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Before you go out to the mall, you have to clean/clear up that mess in your room.



    I wonder if both clean and clear work in the above sample. If yes, are they different in meaning? Thanks.
    Yup, they pretty much have the same meaning, A.

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Thanks, riverkid.
    Got it.

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    When a parent tells a child to "clean her room" it means the same thing as "clear up your room."

    But there are times when cleaning is a more in-depth task. You can clear something by having a large basket that you fill with the clutter. You may have to use paper towels and a bottle of cleanser to really clean.

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When a parent tells a child to "clean her room" it means the same thing as "clear up your room."

    But there are times when cleaning is a more in-depth task. You can clear something by having a large basket that you fill with the clutter. You may have to use paper towels and a bottle of cleanser to really clean.
    Thanks, Barb, fot the clear and distinctive analysis.
    Now I have no doubt except for the phrase "a more in-depth task." Does it indicate a more thorough/complete/whole task?"

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    More effort.


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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

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    Thanks, riverkid.
    Got it.
    Actually, you hadn't got it, A, because I didn't take it far enough. Barb D nailed it, and she ain't a teacher. Just shows ta go ya.

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When a parent tells a child to "clean her room" it means the same thing as "clear up your room."

    But there are times when cleaning is a more in-depth task. You can clear something by having a large basket that you fill with the clutter. You may have to use paper towels and a bottle of cleanser to really clean.
    For the sake of friendly discussion, when was the last time you heard a parent tell a child to 'clear up your room'? In the example provided by Angliholic, I think there is a definite distinction between the use of 'clear up' and 'clean up'. I would venture an educated guess that over 95% of parents would tell a child to 'clean up' a room. ('Let me be clear. I want you to clean up your room!'

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    For the sake of friendly discussion, when was the last time you heard a parent tell a child to 'clear up your room'? In the example provided by Angliholic, I think there is a definite distinction between the use of 'clear up' and 'clean up'. I would venture an educated guess that over 95% of parents would tell a child to 'clean up' a room. ('Let me be clear. I want you to clean up your room!'

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    Hi, Amigos.
    I find this post of yours very amusing.
    For the sake of curiosity, what does an educated guess exactly mean? Is it a guess by educated people or a sensible guess?

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    Re: clear up/clean up the mess

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Hi, Amigos.
    I find this post of yours very amusing.
    For the sake of curiosity, what does an educated guess exactly mean? Is it a guess by educated people or a sensible guess?
    Hi, Angliholic!

    Yes, an 'educated guess' is a 'sensible guess' that is based upon the prior experience (or frame of reference) of the individual who is making the comment. Over the course of the past 59 years I have never heard anyone tell someone to 'clear up' a room. I've heard 'clear the room', 'clear out the room', and 'clear a path into the room' but never 'clear up' a room. Soooooooooo, based upon my vast years of experience, I feel I am qualified to make an educated guess.

    Cheers,
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