Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 07:04:45 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: Lexical choice?

Today I have to do the ______________________

(meaning a pile of dirty clothes that should become clean with water & soap in

a machine)

If we're to fill in the blank only, without changing anything else in

the sentence, I can't answer. I would never say "do the" if I meant

wash clothes. I'd say "Today I have to wash clothes."

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]