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Hi,

Please help me with the following.

1. Give me a clap. Or Give me the clap.

If they both are correct, then what is the plural form of them? claps?? I think not.

2. What is the difference?

Who is making noise while I am cleaning the room?

Who is making a noise while I am cleaning the room?

Who is making noises while I am cleaning the room?

3. What is the difference?

Let us learn about the Japanese culture.

Let us learn about Japanese culture.
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1. give me a clap - correct.

Give me the clap - not correct (it does have a meaning but nothing to do with applause, which is what I think you are talking about. 'the clap' is slang for a venereal disease, so you don't want to ask for it!)

2. noise - general noise

a noise - can be general noise or one specific noise

noises - a collection of noises.

3. Use 'the' when you want to distinguish between learning about Japanese and another culture.
If you want to ask people to clap for you, you can ask for "applause."

In slang, you say "Give it up for..." which means "let's hear clapping and cheering for..."

Come on now, everybody Give it up for Nona! Let's hear it!
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Yay! Nona!

In the UK, you'd also hear: "Let's have a big hand for Grammar Geek" - "Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Grammar Geek" - "Let's hear it for Grammar Geek".
Yes, we use all three of those too! It's a little joke to say "let's have a round of applause" and to clap your hands as you make a circle in the air.
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Grammar GeekYes, we use all three of those too! It's a little joke to say "let's have a round of applause" and to clap your hands as you make a circle in the air.

Hi, GG. I think "a round of applause" means countinuous clapping for a how long period of time and don't think it mean making a circle in the air.

If you read GG's post again, you'll see that they do the circle clapping as a joke. You are right, in that a round of applause literally means an interval of clapping, but round also means circle. It's a pun - a play on words.