Misused Words

Clothes and Cloths

Clothes refers to the garments that we wear. When these garments need to be washed and dried, we hang them on a clothes line, usually outdoors.

Before travelling, she packed her clothes in her suitcase.

Cloths refers to material that is made from such products as cotton, wool, linen, and silk. In a department store, one can purchase a quantity of cloth to make a garment. Cloths also refers to pieces of clothing that are torn apart and used for cleaning purposes.

The mechanic purchased a box of cloths to use in the garage to clean grease from motor parts.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The woman purchased a package of dish (clothes, cloths) at Walmart.

(2) People often donate their used (clothes, cloths) to the Salvation Army.

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