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    #1

    red, floor, ground

    1) How should I describe one's face become red while getting drunk?

    2) I know I can make a sentence like, "I dropped my cup on the floor in
    the sitting room."

    a) But, can I say, " I dropped my cup on the floor in the playground."?

    b) Is "floor" only used to describe indoor envoirnment?

    c) Are 'floor' and 'ground' interchangeable in usage ?


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    Re: red, floor, ground

    Hi,

    1. My face reddened as I was getting drunk.

    2a. No
    2b. Essentially yes, although you can have a floor in say a car/aircraft/ship and these are not normally described as having an 'indoors'
    2c. Not usually since 'floor' implies inside and 'ground' implies outside.

    The only possible exception I can see to 2c - and it's stretching it a bit, is if you were to drop a cup whilst inside a tent which had a sewn in groundsheet. You might conceivably then use either floor or ground.

    Rgds

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    #3

    Re: red, floor, ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Hi,

    1. My face reddened as I was getting drunk.



    Rgds
    I thought "flush" is the right word here!

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    Re: red, floor, ground

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    I thought "flush" is the right word here!
    Flush is not necessarily the wrong word although in the context of getting drunk it's somewhat lightweight and reddened I would maintain is the much better word.

    Flush is something that maidens or my giddy aunt might do when embarrassed by some social mishap.


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    #5

    Re: red, floor, ground

    I see... speaking about this, which is more common among native speakers regarding any embarrassing situations "flush or "blush"?

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    Re: red, floor, ground

    Hi,

    I think blush is much more common, certainly in the UK, but I'll be interested to see other observations.

    Rgds

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    #7

    Re: red, floor, ground

    I'll be interested as well, thanks for your patience.

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    #8

    Re: red, floor, ground

    I associate "blush" only with embarrassment. If I've exercised, have been in the cold, have a fever, or have been drinking, I'm flushed.
    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: red, floor, ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I associate "blush" only with embarrassment. If I've exercised, have been in the cold, have a fever, or have been drinking, I'm flushed.
    That works for me - a speaker of BrE.

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