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    Default not cold not hot

    1. When the water is ......... take the bath.
    2. Tea is ......... now, drink it.
    I think lukewarm and tepid are used to show disapproval but I need some adj.s to show approval.
    Really thanks,

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    Default Re: not cold not hot

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    1. When the water is ......... take the bath.
    2. Tea is ......... now, drink it.
    I think lukewarm and tepid are used to show disapproval but I need some adj.s to show approval.
    Really thanks,
    Neither sentence is very natural whatever you put in the blank.

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    Default Re: not cold not hot

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither sentence is very natural whatever you put in the blank.
    I agree. For the first, I might say to my young son, "Wait until it's cooled down a bit before you get in", though I'd probably say, "If it's too hot, put some more cold in".

    For the second, I might say, "Come on, drink up; it's getting cold."

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    Default Re: not cold not hot

    I think for a normal condition there should be an adjective. Don't you use an adjective and make a sentence always to say it is not hot or not cold?
    I think it's acceptable to say:
    1. The water/tea is good now, not hot not cold.
    At least you could say good or moderate for an informal use and normal for a formal use. Am I right?

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    Default Re: not cold not hot

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I think it's acceptable to say: 1. The water/tea is good now, not hot not cold.
    At least you could say good or moderate for an informal use and normal for a formal use. Am I right?
    No. I'd use 'OK', 'fine' or 'just right'.

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