A phrase a week (6)

Hello and welcome back to ”A phrase a week”. In this week’s post 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.

Right. I must go and get dressed now (I’m still in my pyjamas!) 🙂 Bye for now.

A phrase a week (5)

Hello and A Happy New Year to you all! In this week’s post I’d like to look at the difference between clothes, clothing, and cloth, which may be confusing for some English learners.

Clothes is the usual word for things we wear: She’s got some beautiful clothes (NOT cloths).

Clothing is a more formal word for clothes in general. And it’s uncountable, i.e. it doesn’t have a plural form: The workers here all have to wear protective clothing (NOT clothings).

Clothes is not used with numbers, and in conversation if you want to talk about one piece/item of clothing you would usually call it by its name: I want to buy a new coat (NOT a new cloth/clothing).

Clothes are made from various kinds of material, fabric or cloth, such as woven wool, silk, cotton or acrylic: I brought back a lovely piece of cloth from Thailand to make a dress out of.

A cloth (with plural cloths) is a piece of cloth, used for cleaning surfaces, dishes etc: Oh dear, I’ve spilt my coffee – have you got a cloth?

Right, that’s all from me this week. I’m going to tidy up the living room now. It’s quite a mess with all those clothes scattered about 🙂

A phrase a week (4)

Hello. My weekly post has been more like a monthly event lately, so I might as well call it ‘a phrase a month’. Still, here it is and about clothing again.

Today’s word is gear. In regard to clothing it means ‘a set of clothes worn for a certain purpose’. For example, sports gear (clothes you’re wearing when you’re doing sport). Or wet gear (equipment we use when it’s wet or raining). Here are two example sentences: Put on your sports gear. We’re going for a run. Or Did you bring your wet gear? It’s pouring with rain. 

Right. That’s all from me this week. Hope I’ll be a bit more consistent starting from next year, but I’m not going to make it a New Year resolution. Bye for now. (mai mult…)