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    have/take a bath

    Hi,

    I am very confused about which is the correct sentences below.

    1) have a bath
    2) take a bath

    plz help me !!!


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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshavardhana View Post
    Hi,

    I am very confused about which is the correct sentences below.

    1) have a bath
    2) take a bath

    plz help me !!!

    We usually say "take a bath". Use that one, and you can never go wrong. While "have a bath" is possible, I believe that "take a bath" is more common, typical, and usual.


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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    We usually say "take a bath". Use that one, and you can never go wrong. While "have a bath" is possible, I believe that "take a bath" is more common, typical, and usual.

    Hi Steve,

    Is the indefinate article "a" necessary before bath?
    Will "go and take bath" be incorrect?

    Thanks

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    #4

    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi Steve,

    Is the indefinate article "a" necessary before bath?
    Will "go and take bath" be incorrect?

    Thanks
    "Have a bath" is BrE and contrary to popular belief on this site recently, BrE is not dead. Yes, "go and take/have bath is incorrect.


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    Re: have/take a bath

    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...


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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi Steve,

    Is the indefinate article "a" necessary before bath?
    Will "go and take bath" be incorrect?

    Thanks
    The article is necessary. It would sound odd to leave out "a" in "take a bath".

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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by Kahlispo View Post
    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...
    BrE = British English

    So you say, take a bath is incorrect/not used?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahlispo View Post


    Sorry new to this forum - what does BrE mean? Not yet used to the lingo...
    BrE - This means "British English".

    AmE - This means "American English".

    AuE - I haven't seen it, but I suppose this could "Australian English".

    And the list goes on:

    CnE - Canadian English

    IrE - Irish English

    NzE - New Zealand English


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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    BrE = British English

    So you say, take a bath is incorrect/not used?

    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.


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    Re: have/take a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    BrE = British English

    So you say, take a bath is incorrect/not used?
    No. I think he said that dropping the article is incorrect.

    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.)

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