I'm not sure that "cleanness" works for me. My dictionary defines it as a noun but to be perfectly honest, I never hear that word used. Because I never hear it, I'm not sure what context it would be used in.Hello!
Just a little question to make sure I got it right:
cleanliness means a person takes a shower regularly and likes to be clean
cleanness means you've done a good job when cleaning your flat or house.
Am I right?
Good idea! Many dictionaries (especially online) cover so many obscure words and usages that don't get used. When I first read your post, I was ready to say that there was no such word as "cleanness" until I looked it up. Notwithstanding that it's in the dictionary, I don't think I've heard the word used. I suppose that you could say:Yes exactly. That's the explanation I found in the dictionnary but I am beginning to distrust dictionaries and prefer to come to this forum....
Well, as you can see from my first post, I didn't even know there was such a word as "cleanness". I would use "cleanliness" in every case. As for the AE/BE divide, I would have been tempted to agree with you except for the fact that NZFauna didn't know "cleanness" was a word either. With our mutual historical BE backgrounds, I would have thought that one of us would know the word...I'm surprised you could easily talk of the cleanliness of a shirt. Perhaps there's an AE/BE divide here.