Difference between "bare" and "naked" with body parts.

khauff85

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What about using bare and naked with body parts? How do I know if I have to say bare or naked + body parts (shoulders, feet, chest, back, legs, cheeks)?


The hot paving stones scorched my naked feet.
The hot paving stones scorched my bare feet.
 

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In my opinion, they mean the same thing, but "bare" is more polite sounding.
 

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In my opinion, they mean the same thing, but "bare" is more polite sounding.

Not really. "Bare feet" is the stock phrase, but naked has not the faintest whiff of impoliteness.
 

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In my opinion, it's more common to use 'bare' when referring to individual body parts. 'Naked' is usually reserved for referring to the entire body.
 

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In my opinion, it's more common to use 'bare' when referring to individual body parts. 'Naked' is usually reserved for referring to the entire body.
One exception would be "naked eye".
 

Rover_KE

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For the benefit of learners, let's point out that eyes are always naked ('unclothed').

The naked eye means unassisted by optical instruments such as a microscope or telescope.
 
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