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I want to fill my cup at a drinking fountain-----
If somebody says 'I want to fill my cup with some fountain water', does that mean the same as above?
Last edited by LiuJing; 01-Jun-2010 at 17:23.
If you're near a drinking fountain and it's clear that that is where you'd like to fill your cup, then "filling it with fountain water" would be correct and understood. However, if the point of your question is to find out if there is a drinking fountain nearby from which you can fill your cup, then "fountain water" might be misunderstood. In the US, for example, the name of that device varies from state to state - some places call it a "water fountain," some call it a "drinking fountain," some call it a "bubbler," etc. So to be completely clear it would be best to ask "Is there a water fountain nearby where I can fill up my cup?"