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  • Topic of this Week: "Life in lockdown (September 26, 2021)"

    Topic 26th, September 2021: Life in lockdown
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    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live, with many of us enduring prolonged periods in isolation while others have to work against the clock on the frontline. Not easy as it may sound, we all need to adapt to get through this tough time. Although the pandemic has brought us unexpected and difficulties, every cloud has a silver lining. We all hope that the pandemic will soon be over and we will get back to our “normal life”, but are our lives still the same as before?
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    clothes, clothing

    (02:23:38 AM 21/03/2014)

    How do you use the words "clothes", "clothing", "apparel", "garb", and "attire"?


    When it comes to a group of synonyms like "clothes", "clothing", "apparel", "garb", and "attire", how do you know the differences between them? If you look them up in a dictionary, you'll probably get definitions which seem to point to each other. For example, here's one definition of "attire" from Dictionary.com:

    clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.

    One really smart way to tell apart similar words is to use specialized English language search engines. First, let's figure out which word is most common in spoken English. For that, we'll check out the search engine Subtlexus. In a database of 135,000 sentences, here's how many times each word comes up:

    • clothes - 5158
    • clothing - 553
    • apparel - 35
    • attire - 76
    • garb - 0

    So you can see that "clothes" is a very common word, while the others are much rarer.

    Next, it can be useful to learn what phrases each word commonly appears in. For that, we can use the Corpus of Contemporary American English It gives us the following phrases:


    • wear clothes
    • buy clothes
    • clothes and shoes
    • dressed in clothes
    • clothes and hair


    • food and clothing
    • clothing store
    • wear clothing
    • a clothing line
    • shelter and clothing 


    • the apparel industry
    • women's apparel
    • an apparel company
    • textiles and apparel
    • apparel sales


    • traditional garb
    • prison garb
    • reliigious garb
    • black garb
    • western garb 


    • dressed in (some kind of) attire
    • casual attire
    • formal attire
    • business attire
    • proper attire

    Based on these common groupings, you can see how these words are different:

    • "Clothes" is the common word to use when you're talking aobut clothes that people wear.
    • Use "clothing" to talk about clothes as something that people need.
    • "Apparel" is the word to use when you're talking about the business of selling clothing.
    • "Garb" is some kind of unusual clothing that's worn by a particular group of people.
    • Use "attire" to talk about the level of someone's dress.

    Of course, there are other differences between each of these words as well, but the best way to learn the differences is to find more examples of these words in normal use.

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