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    Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    Hi
    Could you say what we use for drinks that aren't suitable to drink? I'm looking for an adjective like 'inedible' that we use for something that's not suitable as food.

    Thanks a lot.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Could you say what we use for drinks that aren't suitable to drink? I'm looking for an adjective like 'inedible' that we use for something that's not suitable as food.

    Thanks a lot.
    "undrinkable"

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    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    I agree with bhai.

    Additionally, we do have the word potable, meaning 'fit to drink', but for some reason which I have never understood, no major dictionaries, and only two minor ones, list its opposite – impotable.

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    #4

    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    Non-potable.
    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.

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    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    That's fine, but I rarely see it used.

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    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    I see "Non potable" so often in France that it looked absolutely normal when Barb posted. Then I realised I've never seen the English hyphenated version used.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    #7

    Re: Not suitable as drink? inedible for food, how about an adjective for drinks

    I've seen it used on taps and also not for drinking. I think the problem is that in many English-speaking countries you can drink the tap water, so there isn't a standard phrase.

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