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dish or plate?



vardaki
Cyprus

dish or plate?
 
Hello everybody!
     -Wash the dishes.
             or
     -Wash the plates.
When we use each one?
Thanks in advance.
Greetings from sunny Cyprus!

7 Apr 2010      



Leah_p5
United Kingdom

Wash the dishes! Definitely! 

7 Apr 2010     



lshorton99
China

Wash the dishes is general - it could include plates, cups, bowls etc
Wash the plates (a false friend in many languages) is specific - you are only washing plates - not bowls, cups or anything else.

Hope that helps!

7 Apr 2010     



rovk
China

agree with lshorton99!

generally we say wash the dishes.

i hear that words in every movie that i watch.



Smile!

7 Apr 2010     



Zora
Canada

I agree with isahorton Smile - It īs wash the dishes if you are referring to the general act of washing up. If you are washing just the plates, you īd use the other. Also... it īs quite common to say "do the dishes".

Jim is doing the dishes for me tonight.




7 Apr 2010     



priorita
Ukraine

Fully support. By the way you can say just "wash up" which means
(Chiefly British) To wash dishes after a meal.

7 Apr 2010     



Mabdel
Morocco

as my collegues said before dishes includes plates but you can say wash plates if you īre washing only plates but not other kitchen items. take care

7 Apr 2010