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This sentence is taken from valve instructions:

Lower ball onto wood blocks with the plates clear, and remove the plates from the ball.

What does the word clear refer to? Plates? Can someone explain this sentence a bit?

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I would assume from the context that it either means free from obstruction, or clearly visible.

The alternative would be 'transparent', but I can't see that being a likely contender.

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Can I use it as an adverb in this case? I know it is a simple word , but considering the whole translation (not just this sent.) it just doesn't make sense for me. –  Laura Mar 4 at 20:45
    
The adverb of clear is 'clearly'. You'd have to relate it to an attribute of the plates. I can't see how you'd do that. –  Leon Conrad Mar 5 at 0:11

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