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    Smile household chores

    Hello everybody,

    What is the difference between: wash/do the washing, cook/do the cooking...?

    Thank you!

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    Re: household chores

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hello everybody,

    What is the difference between: wash/do the washing, cook/do the cooking...?

    Thank you!
    The short answer is 'generality':

    'My wife usually does the cooking, but when it's turkey I cook.' {But this isn't a hard-and-fast rule: she might say 'Why does it have to be me that does the cooking? I always cook.'}

    With washing it's a little less simple, as the meaning changes depending on the object. If you 'have a wash', the object is yourself. If you 'do the washing' the object is clothes and other fabrics (curtains, sheets...). If you 'do the washing up' the object is dishes and/or cutlery.

    With reference to your question, 'wash' almost always refers to having a wash.

    b

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    Re: household chores

    Just one thing...You wouldn't want to say I always cook the cooking. (Just incase you wrote your example to include both options. Do the cooking and cook the cooking.)

    You cook things (chicken, meals, etc)
    You do the cooking.

    Like Bob says...it is just a difference of being specific or general. :)

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