Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 18:12:46 -0500

From: Charles F Juengling juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU

Subject: Re: Lexical choice?

For me, it's 'do the laundry.' Out of curiosity, Natalie, what would you

say if you had sheets, towels etc to wash ,as well?

Fritz Juengling (Oregon, '63)

On Wed, 4 Oct 1995, Natalie Maynor wrote:

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]