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    Default The kettle / water is boiling.

    When a kettle of water is boiling, do native speakers say?

    The kettle is boiling.

    The water in the kettle is boiling. OR

    The water is boiling.

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    Default Re: The kettle / water is boiling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    When a kettle of water is boiling, do native speakers say?

    1. The kettle is boiling.

    2. The water in the kettle is boiling. OR

    3. The water is boiling.

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    Given that you've specified a kettle of water I'd say that 1. is the winner by a country mile.

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    Default Re: The kettle / water is boiling.

    Even without specifying a kettle of water #1 is the winner by a country mile.

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    Default Re: The kettle / water is boiling.

    We only say "The water's boiling", when the water is in a pan etc. Provided the water is in a kettle, we say "The kettle is boiling". I should add that, of course, it is not actually the kettle which is boiling, which means the statement is technically incorrect.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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