Results 1 to 10 of 23

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    2,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    I know how to play / blow a flute.

    I know how to play a flute.

    Would it be wrong if I used 'blow' instead of 'play'?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    billmcd is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    3,505
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    Dangerous!

  3. #3
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,517
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    Totally wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    24,925
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    Apart from anything else, one does not blow a flute. One blows across the mouthpiece using "embouchure". Stick with "I know how to play the flute".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  5. #5
    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    2,049
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    What about 'trumpet'? Is it the same?

    I play the trumpet.

    Using 'blow' is dangerous too, I assume.

    Thanks.

  6. #6
    HanibalII is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    470
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Stick with "I know how to play the flute".

    I was going to comment on this. Should it not say 'the' instead of 'a'?
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

  7. #7
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    24,925
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: I know how to play / blow a flute.

    We generally use "the" when talking about the ability to play a musical instrument.

    I can play the flute.
    I play the guitar.
    He plays the piano.

    Some people omit the article completely.

    As far as the original question goes, I would avoid using "to blow" when talking generally about musical instruments. Even though that is how some of them are played, we don't use it that way very often.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] Play catch - play fetch
    By naweewra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2012, 18:09
  2. I like playing the flute(s)
    By Winwin2011 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22-Feb-2012, 14:23
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2008, 18:35
  4. [General] blow flush in the face / blow flush on the chin
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Dec-2008, 22:06
  5. playing a/the flute
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 15-Aug-2008, 12:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •