SMickey
 
Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 09:25 am
Could you take a look at this sentence, please?

Because the garment is designed for active, outdoor use,
we wanted it to give as much wear between washings as possible.

Do you find this sentence gramatically error-less or a bit weird?
If so, please tell me what made the sentence look strange.
If you don't, please help me better understand the meaning of it.

What is troublesome the most is the expression 'give wear'.
What would be 'give wear'? Is that an idiom?

Let me rephrase it.

Because the garment is made for active, outdoor activities,
we'd like the clothes to look new and fresh
even if it might be washed often. ?

There must be something wrong with my guess.
English is way too hard. Could you lend me a hand?
I'd appreciate your comment.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 10:52 am
@SMickey,
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Do you find this sentence gramatically error-less or a bit weird?
Certainly wierd

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….what made the sentence look strange.
…..is the expression 'give wear'….. Is that an idiom?
Not in my book. My immediate reaction, the expr means to wear well, that is to resist shedding or thinning, but why then only "between washings"

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Let me rephrase it.
Mick you're to be congratulated for your persistence

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Because the garment is made for active, outdoor activities,
we'd like the clothes to look new and fresh
even if it might be washed often. ?
Good guess, to look new in spite of frequent laundering; the implication being that this fella is sensitive to his appearance whenever viewed by a large audience

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There must be something wrong with my guess.
Not at all. "Some clothing," advises my Better Half, who is much smarter than I, "is treated with various finishes to prolong its life," and so maybe this fella is hoping to identify such a treatment

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English is way too hard.
Boy, Mick you can say that again. After a life in the field of journ I'm still absolutely flabbergasted by the determination of esl's like yourself to resolve such subtle issues
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 11:33 am
should be: we wanted to give it as much wear between washings as possible.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 12:02 pm
Giving long wear between washings may be grammatical, but as Dale says, it is kind of weird. Do you expect it to wear out between washings? All it should get between washings is dirty and wrinkled. If your garment doesn't get dirty between washings, don't wash it.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 03:13 pm
This sounds like a sales pitch for a clothing line:

Because the garment is designed for active, outdoor use,
we wanted to allow it to be worn as much as possible between washings.

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glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 03:17 pm
I think that most native speakers would probably find the following more natural to the ear: the garment will wear well after numerous washings.

I think when you buy clothing for any reason, you want it to remain looking fresh for as long as possible. Americans tend to toss things in the laundry even after wearing for a short time. Clothing that has to go to the dry cleaner normally doesn't get washed as frequently, but it it gets soiled early it has to be cleaned.

Sorry for the lengthy response, I was hoping to help explain the nuance. Hope it helps.
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JTT
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Reply Wed 31 Jul, 2013 09:25 pm
@SMickey,
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Because the garment is designed for active, outdoor use,
we wanted it to give as much wear between washings as possible.

Do you find this sentence grammatically error-less or a bit weird?

Yes, it's grammatically error-less and no, it's not weird..


If you don't, please help me better understand the meaning of it.

I'd say the meaning is 'wear time between washings' as in the quote box below.


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Tips for getting more wear out of your clothing between washings

Reader Gabrielle popped this one into the suggestion box:

I know you have offered up a few tips here and there about getting the most wear out of clothing before washing. Could you do a post devoted to these tricks? I remember one with DIY armpit protectors in a coat, and I just can’t seem to find it again.

http://www.alreadypretty.com/2011/05/reader-request-minimizing-laundry.html
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