Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 18:12:46 -0500 From: Charles F Juengling 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] >