Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 09:26:32 -0500 From: Molly Dickmeyer Subject: Re: Lexical choice? -Reply "Today I have to do the___" laundry wash washing I use all of the above interchangeably, and somehow, the "the" must be there, for me. If I were going to a laundermat (laundromat...I've seen both, but this is another question), I'd say "Today I have to go to the laundermat" the implication being that there's no other reason to go there than to do laundry (except maybe scope for dates, as someone else suggested). I think that for me, what constitutes the most work gets the most emphasis. Thanks for all your responses to my chinese menu query. I really needed some chuckles this week. molly dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]