Hello. Last week I looked at the difference between get dressed, dress, and put on. Now we’re turning our attention to their opposites: get undressed, undress, and take off. Here are some examples: Why did you get undressed, girls? I told you, no bath tonight. You’re going straight to bed! (a parent to his/her young daughters). James came home really tired and didn’t even have a meal. He undressed quickly and went to sleep. As you’ve probably worked out, undress is more formal, even though the two mean the same thing.

The opposite of put on is take off: Take off your jumper if you’re too hot.

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Getting dressed

Hello! Today I’ll be looking at dress, get dressed, dress up, dress yourself, and put on.

If you dress (slightly formal) or get dressed (more informal) you put on all your clothes. But you usually use put on if you are talking about just one piece of clothing or things like glasses or jewellery. Here are some examples: It’s ten o’ clock – time to get dressed! We had to wash and dress in a freezing bathroom. OK, you can put your shirt back on.

You dress up only in special clothes or for a special occasion. These may be particularly good or formal ones: What kind of party is it? Will we have to dress up? Or they may be unusual clothes that make you look like someone else, for example if you are acting in a play: He had to dress up as a clown.

You only talk about someone dressing themselves if a special effort is involved: Can Tara dress herself yet? (Tara is a small child) or Since the accident he can’t feed or dress himself.