clothes - clothing - cloth

clothes - clothing - cloth
Clothes are things you wear, such as shirts, trousers, dresses, and coats.

I took off all my clothes.

There is no singular form of clothes. You cannot, for example, talk about `a clothe'. In formal English, you can talk about a garment, a piece of clothing, or an article of clothing, but in ordinary conversation, you usually name the piece of clothing you are talking about.
Clothing is the clothes people wear. Clothing is an uncount noun. You do not talk about `clothings' or `a clothing'.

He takes off his wet clothing.

All masters had to provide their slaves with food, clothing, and a house.

Cloth is fabric such as wool or cotton which is used for making such things as clothes.

...strips of cotton cloth.

The women were weavers of cloth.

Note that when cloth is used like this, it is an uncount noun.
A cloth is a piece of fabric used for cleaning or dusting. Note that the plural form of `cloth' is cloths, not `clothes'.

Clean with a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water.

Don't leave damp cloths in a cupboard.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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