January 3, 2016
When a person cleans, he or she washes away dirt or organizes an area. This is a very common word that is used every day in English.
The first set of examples shows how "clean" is used as a verb:
- Oscar cleans his room almost every day. (present tense)
- Alice cleaned her kitchen yesterday. (past tense)
- Did you clean your house last weekend? (past tense)
- They're cleaning their apartment. (present continuous tense)
- We have to clean up this mess.
- Have the students cleaned the classroom? (present perfect tense)
- The room hasn't been cleaned yet. (present perfect tense, passive voice)
The word "clean" is also used as an adjective:
- The room is clean.
- It's a very clean room.
- These dishes aren't very clean.
- Are their hands clean?
- The opposite of "clean" is "dirty."
- How does she keep her kids so clean?
- It's hard to keep the house clean.
- The air in that city isn't clean. It's polluted.
- Solar and wind energy are very clean when compared to energy produced by oil and gas.
- They want to live clean lives. (clean life = good behavior)
- The Nelsons hired a cleaning lady to clean their house once a week. (cleaning lady = housekeeper)
There are quite a few idioms and expressions that use the word "clean."
- Jose went to the racetrack yesterday and cleaned up. (clean up = to make a lot of money)
- The arresting officer said that the suspect was clean. (clean = no weapon)
- That company won't hire you if don't have a clean record. (clean record = no criminal offenses)
- You can tell a few jokes but try to keep them clean. (clean = not rude or vulgar)
- He's going to have to clean up his act. (clean up one's act = start leading a better life)
- Regina finally came clean and admitted that she stole the money. (come clean = admit the truth)
- That wasn't a clean fight. (clean = fair)
- Our neighbors had to clean out their life savings to pay for an expensive medical treatment. (clean out = use all of)
- Tom seems like a regular, clean-cut kid. (clean cut = nice, well behaved, well groomed)
- Try to keep your nose clean. (Try to stay away from trouble.)
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