Student or Learner
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.
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.
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.