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What is different between clothe and clothing? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-10-7 15:28:45 |Display all floors
When clothe is as noun, it means衣服, but clothing has the same mean. How can i distinguish them? What is the usage about them?

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Post time 2007-10-7 23:28:00 |Display all floors
"clothe" is a verb and is never used as a noun.

"clothes" is a plural noun meaning the same as "clothing": articles of apparel.  

examples:

"A person should clothe himself before going out in public."  clothe = verb
"A person should put on his clothing before going out in public." clothing = noun (plural, direct object)
"A person should put on his clothes before going out in public." clothes = noun (plural, direct object)

As you see, "clothing" and "clothes" is used exactly the same way, as PLURAL nouns.  However, I think your confusion comes from the fact that there is NO SINGULAR noun form.  There is no such thing as only 1 "clothe". Use  "an article of clothing" or a "piece of clothing" for the singular, or the specific piece of clothing (i.e. shirt, shoe, skirt, etc).

example:
"As I was carrying my laundry to the washing machine, an article of clothing fell out of my basket."
"As I was carrying my laundry to the washing machine, a shirt fell out of my basket."  

I hope this clears it up for you.

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