Grammar Patterns

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The 'washing-up' group

These nouns refer to tasks that need doing, for example household tasks. This is a productive use. (These nouns are also often used without the.)
I've practically finished the ironing.
Then when lunch was over Martha volunteered to do the washing-up.
  • baking
  • catering
  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • dishes
  • driving
  • drying up
  • dusting
  • hoovering
  • ironing
  • laundry
  • shopping
  • vacuuming
  • washing
  • washing-up
  • This pattern is also used to say that a particular person does or will do something, rather than other people.
    This time he did the talking.
    I leave the thinking to you, Bettina, I always have done.

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