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    swell vs inflate

    Hello,

    When a person swallows air and he/she gets tummy ache and his/her belly is bigger than usual, which one of these two verbs would you use?

    Thank you in advance for your always valuable help.

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    Re: swell vs inflate

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    When a person swallows air and he/she gets tummy ache and his/her belly is bigger than usual, which one of these two verbs would you use?

    Thank you in advance for your always valuable help.
    Hi ratón,

    I would say "swell" (=hincharse) rather than "inflate" (=hinchar)

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: swell vs inflate

    There is a case in some company to use the word 'aerophagy'; but don't try this at home!

    b

    PS A friendlier expression to use is 'to feel bloated'.
    Last edited by BobK; 21-Jan-2011 at 18:59. Reason: added PS

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    Re: swell vs inflate

    Another vote for "bloated."
    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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