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?

  • Do you mean clean the city as in rid it of corruption?
    – Tommie C.
    Jul 25 '14 at 10:54

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.
    – user4452
    Jul 24 '14 at 21:47
  • So I couldn't say 把飞机弄干净? does 把 really imply size?
    – Stephen
    Jul 27 '14 at 0:46
  • What about a road? Could I say 他们去打扫他们的路
    – Stephen
    Jul 27 '14 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 '14 at 13:37

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

clean; sanitary


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.

  • 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 '14 at 1:14
  • Sure...but 回去清洁 what?
    – Mou某
    Jul 27 '14 at 2:31
  • 会去清洁 I meant to use 会
    – Stephen
    Jul 29 '14 at 19:54
  • Na I meant they will clean what? What will they clean?
    – Mou某
    Jul 29 '14 at 22:26

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