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clothes与clothing的区别

作者: admin来源: 网络文章 时间: 2021-08-14

clothes和clothing均可表示衣服的统称,但clothes是一个没有单数形式的复数名词(永远是复数),而clothing则是一个没有复数形式的单数名词(永远不可数)。如:

Soak the clothes in cold water. 把这些衣服浸泡在冷水里。

You shouldn't wear informal clothes to an interview. 参加面时,不应该穿得随随便便的。

两者比较而言,clothes的含义比较具体,而clothing的含义则比较抽象。如:

She hung the clothes on the line to dry. 她把衣服挂在绳上晾干。

Our clothing protects us against the cold. 我们的衣服可以御寒。

但是, 若不考虑其细微区别,clothes和clothing常可换用。如:

Warm clothes are [clothing is] a must in the mountains. 在山里厚衣服是必不可少的。

另外,在a wolf in sheep's clothing(披着羊皮的狼)这一习语中,习惯上用clothing。如:

He turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. 他原来是只披着羊皮的狼。

He certainly seems harmless enough, but is he a wolf in sheep's clothing? 看起来他倒是十分和善,但会不会是披着羊皮的狼?

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