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How would one say "clean" as in "Clean a city" For example, in english we would say. "Once a month everyone in Rwanda leaves their house to clean the city"

Could I say "打扫城市“ ”把城市弄干净”? Or is there a better way of doing this?

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Do you mean clean the city as in rid it of corruption? –  Tommie C. Jul 25 at 10:54

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You could use 清洁城市 or 清潔城市. 打扫 also means clean but it is usually used when cleaning (actually sweeping) happens in a smaller area (i.e. cleaning your place / your room etc)

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Speaking of size, I would also not use the object marker 把 in conjunction with 城市 or anything that is considerably larger than what a hand can grasp. I would use constructs such as 让 or 将 instead. –  倪阔乐 Jul 24 at 21:47
    
So I couldn't say 把飞机弄干净? does 把 really imply size? –  Stephen Jul 27 at 0:46
    
What about a road? Could I say 他们去打扫他们的路 –  Stephen Jul 27 at 0:48
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@Stephen Since 打扫 is the action of sweeping, you can apply it - i.e. you will sweep the road but usually you don't sweep an airplane. –  Alex Jul 29 at 13:37

I think your best bet is: 清洁 it's usually used as an adjective like:

clean; sanitary

她的房间整齐清洁。

²Tā de fángjiān zhěngqí qīngjié.

Her room is tidy and clean. -ABC

But! It's also used frequently as a verb!

In china at the moment a lot of cities even have 清洁城市活动 or 清洁城市日.

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Could I say that the individuals than go 清洁? As in “所有的卢旺达人回去清洁” –  Stephen Jul 27 at 1:14
    
Sure...but 回去清洁 what? –  user3306356 Jul 27 at 2:31
    
会去清洁 I meant to use 会 –  Stephen Jul 29 at 19:54
    
Na I meant they will clean what? What will they clean? –  user3306356 Jul 29 at 22:26

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