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72 clock Before going off in the boat, you should check the climate conditions.

Before going off in the boat, you should check the weather conditions. climate = the typical weather conditions that exist in a country or region; the place where these weather conditions exist: 'Northern Europe has a mild climate and a high rainfall.' 'These flowers will not grow in cold climates.'

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They closed the man in a room until the police came.

J They locked the man in a room until the police came. IocWshut sb in a room, house, etc (NOT close): 'He was picked up by the police and locked in a cell for the night.' Compare: 'She closed the door and then locked it so he couldn't escape.' I always close the television when there is a storm. I always turnlswitch the television off when there is a storm. See note at OPEN 1

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I bought some cheap cloth to make some curtains.

I bought some cheap material to make some curtains. Cloth (uncountable) usually refers to material made of cotton, wool etc that is used for making clothes: 'The tailor took my measurements and then showed me several rolls of cloth.' Material (and fabric) have a more general meaning and may be used in connection with clothes, curtains, sheets, etc: 'The cushion covers and the curtains were made from the same material.' 'They specialize in the manufacture of elasticated fabric.' He likes fast cars and expensive cloths.

He likes fast cars and expensive clothes. None of the cloth shops had any pink socks.

None of the clothes shops had any pink socks. A cloth (pronounced/klnCf/) is a piece of material made of cotton, wool, etc, usually used for cleaning or dry~ngsomething: 'I'm afraid I've spilled some m~lk.Have you got a cloth?' 'I need a new face cloth.' ' Clothes (pronouncedIklau3z/) are the things people wear, such as trousers, sweaters, etc: 'I spend half my salary on clothes.'

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The dancers were dressed in their national clothes. ,.,f

J The dancers were dressed in their national costume. costume = (1) (countable) a set of clothes worn during a performance by an actor, clown, etc: 'She used to work for a theatre company, designing and making costumes.' (2) (uncountable) a set of clothes that are typical of a particular country or historical period: 'The castle guides were dressed up in Elizabethan costume.' 'A group of Hungarian folk dancers came on stage, all wearing national costume.' Don't go out and buy a special clothes.

Don't go out and buy any special clothes. Clothes is a plural noun: 'I need some new clothes.' (NOT 'a new clothes') fb

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