What are the differences between "Do dishes / laundry / household chores..." & "Do the dishes / the laundry / the household chores..."?
I would say:
Do / wash dishes: refers to dishes in general. Eg: I do dishes every day
Do / wash the dishes: refers to the specific dishes that have been used & need to be washed. Eg: I will do the dishes before I go
Do laundry: refers to "laundry" in general. Eg: I do laundry every day
Do the laundry: refers to the specific laundry that need to be done. Eg: I will do the laundry before I go
Do household chores: refers to "household chores" in general. Eg: I do household chores every day
Do the household chores: refers to the specific household chores that need to be done. Eg: I will do the household chores before I go
Do housework: refers to "housework" in general. Eg: I do housework every day
Do the housework: refers to the specific housework that need to be done. Eg: I will do the housework before I go
The same principle applies to:
-"do homework" & "do the homework"
-"hang clothes" & "hang the clothes"
-"make lunch" & "make my / the lunch"
-"make beds" & "make the bed / the beds"
-"mop floors" & "mop the floor / the floors"
But I am not sure if I am right because people may say:
Eg: I often wash dishes and do the laundry. They say "do the laundry" even though they are talking about it in general