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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

I remember that when I was a young student many years ago, we sweeped the floor with brooms in our classroom, straightened the chairs and desks, took out the trash, and did some other things, before we left.

Is this called "do the cleaning"?

Is "do the cleaning" a special activity, which was done once in a while?
If we did it everyday, can we call it "do the cleaning"?
Can we say a wife does the cleaning everyday (vacumming the house, and mopping, and other things)?
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    It is called "doing the cleaning" or "cleaning" or "cleaning up."

    A: What are you doing?
    B: I'm cleaning up the room. / I'm doing the cleaning / I'm cleaning.
     

    stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you.

    But I have been once told that "do the cleaning" and "clean up" are different.

    Clean up, is used in the context of what a mom does after a meal, or what children do after they mess up the room.

    (a parent tells his children) What a mess. The toys are everywhere. Clean up/tidy up, before you go to bed.

    Do the cleaning, on the other hand, is used in the context of what a wife does (cleaning the house, vacumming the house, and mopping the floor) in her house.

    What a mom does after the meal at the table and what a wife does around the whole house, are different.
     
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