No. You need it.
gulp for air
Fig. to eagerly or desperately try to get air or a breath.
- Tom gulped for air after trying to hold his breath for three minutes.
- Mary came up out of the water, gulping for air.
Can I leave out for and for?
No. You need it.
Wont the usage of Gasp and "gasping for air" be more appropriate in this sceranio?
Is gulp not used for voluntary actions and gasp for involuntary and reflex actions?
Either word could be used, and I have never met the voluntary/involuntary distinction. If you have been under water and need oxygen, you could either gulp or gasp for air on rising to the surface. It will be a natural reaction and involuntary in both cases.
I dont think the word Gasp has any other usage apart from being breathless and in deperate need of oxygen.
However gulp is used for talking anything down your throat (and I thought it had to be the food pipe not the wind pipe)
Since the oesophagus and the trachea share the same inlet, you can gulp both drink and air. I agree that you will generally only swallow drink in this way voluntarily.
You can gasp with surprise and gasp at the horror of something, both indicating extreme response.
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
to take (air) into your lungs quickly
[+ obj] ▪ The exhausted racers lay on the ground, gulping air.
[no obj] ▪ The exhausted racers were gulping for air.
Although gulping for air is grammatically correct, is gulping air incorrect?
I would've said "gasping for breath" instead of "gulping for air".
You can gulp a liquid. Don't gulp. Drinkly slowly.
We use the phrase "gulp down". Don't gulp it down. Take your time.
She was so thirsty after running in this heat that she gulped down half a gallon of water.
Last edited by PROESL; 28-Aug-2009 at 02:33.
It's not grammatically incorrect. It would be, however, I would say, a lexical error - an error in vocabulary rather than grammar.
gulp water - okay
gulp for air - okay
gulp air - I don't think so.
I might just use the phrase "out of breath" in place of "gulping for air".
Last edited by PROESL; 28-Aug-2009 at 02:37. Reason: typos