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I am very confused about which is the correct sentences below.
1) have a bath
2) take a bath
plz help me !!!
In French the idiom would be :
Je prends un bain ->> I take a bath.
In English this shouldn't work as we don't take possesion of the bath. We use it.
I'd say have a bath.
"You're dirty, go and have a bath."
Sorry new to this forum - what does BrE mean? Not yet used to the lingo...
If you're asking from the sense that - Am I being marked by an overly zealous teacher with a pendant for flailing test papers with a red pen then I'd say it's 'incorrect'.
From a fluency point of view its understandable and I've certainly hear native english speakers saying 'gonna go and take a shower' in a colloquiol sense its usable and certainly won"t leave people scratching their heads with their mouths making 'O' shapes.
In the US, the expression is "take a bath" for all possible uses.
On occasion, you could possibly hear "take her bath" -- especially if there has been some prior reference to her taking a bath.
The same goes for "take a shower" -- but "take a steam" is considered a regionalism (New York City, under the influence of Yiddish, I believe.) This may account for the Hollywood locution "take a meeting."
I would not particularly react to "have a bath" however, and I might say it in certain contexts:
- The dog hasn't had a bath since his encounter with a skunk.
- I haven't had my bath yet today.
I think "having a bath" suggests the agency of some other person, while "taking a bath" suggests one's own actions.
- The infant was too sickly to have a real bath, so her mother cleaned her with baby wipes.
- Cats hate to have a bath. (Cats may have a bath, but they never take a bath.)