Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 07:04:45 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor 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]