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    dive - dip - plunge

    ARE THEY ALL POSSIBLE? AND DO THEY HAVE THE SELFSAME MEANING?


    1)We dived into the water and swam round like ducks.
    2)We dipped into the water and swam round like ducks.
    3)We plunged into the water and swam like ducks.

    Are these three verbs in these sentences synonims?


    AND...How could I say in another way the following sentence, by using another similar verb?

    1) When we finally dragged ourselves out of water...

    Maybe by using "get out"? : When we finally got out of water...

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1)We dived into the water and swam (a)round like ducks.
    2)We dipped into the water and swam round like ducks. X
    3)We plunged into the water and swam (a)round like ducks.
    'Dive' and 'plunge' can be used as near-synonyms, though only 'dive' is possible for what we do in swimming pools when we enter the water smoothly with our hands stretched out in front of us.

    We usually dip our toes into the water. After we have done that, we may dive/plunge/jump/leap in and swim around.

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    1)We dived into the water and swam round like ducks.
    the past tense of 'dive' is 'dove.'

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by bwkcaj_ca View Post
    the past tense of 'dive' is 'dove.'
    Not in BrE.

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    Thanks so much for your answers! what about the second part of my thread?

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Thanks so much for your answers! what about the second part of my thread?
    Please, don't ask two unrelated questions in one thread. "Get out" is an option, but it doesn't give any information about the effort they had to put into getting out.

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    Re: dive - dip - plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    What about the second part of my thread?
    You are more likely to have your questions answered quickly if you ask different questions in separate threads.

    We normally get out of the water. If we drag ourselves out, there is a strong suggestion of effort and/or difficulty. A similar idea is given by pull/haul/heave ourselves out

    ps. you beat me to it, BC
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