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    soak or soak up

    Plants roots soak up all water so that nothing will be left for other plants, so they are doomed to die. Do you say so in English?

    Soak or soak up? When should we use just ''soak'' ?


    Thank you so much for your response.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    Plants roots soak up all water so that nothing will be left for other plants, so they are doomed to die.

    Soak or soak up? When should we use just ''soak'' ?


    Thank you so much for your response.
    I wouldn't use either "soak" or "soak up" in that sentence. Try this: "Some plants absorb all the available water, leaving nothing for other plants in the vicinity".

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    Re: soak or soak up

    "Soak up" works for me.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Soak up" works for me.
    I agree. It suggest the roots of the plant more than the word "absorb" which could mean that the plants absorb moisture through their leaves, stalks and stems. If it's specifically roots, I would go for "soak up" or "draw up".

    At the beginning of your sentence, it should either be "Plant roots..." or "Plants' roots..."

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    #5

    Re: soak or soak up

    Roots absorb water, they don't soak it up. "Draw up" is OK

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    #6

    Re: soak or soak up

    Soak | Define Soak at Dictionary.com

    "Soak up" is shown in this dictionary to mean "absorb." I agree "absorb" is a better word, especially for a technical discussion.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    Plants roots soak up all water so that nothing will be left for other plants, so they are doomed to die. Do you say so in English?

    Soak or soak up? When should we use just ''soak'' ?


    Thank you so much for your response.
    The sentence, as posted, doesn't make sense without using "some plants" as bhaisahab has suggested.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    Salt grass was planted along the coastline, but since it has a long deep root, it soaks up all water and brings death to other plants.

    When I have to paraphrase, I have to use other verbs. Obviously, you see the verb ''absorb'' more than ''soak up'' in any context, but as SD and emsr2d2 said, it would be acceptable for the test raters.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    I get everyone's point. Maybe I should say that whether it's absorb or soak up or draw up, I think it's important to specify that you're talking about the plant's roots, not just the plant.

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    Re: soak or soak up

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I get everyone's point. Maybe I should say that whether it's absorb or soak up or draw up, I think it's important to specify that you're talking about the plant's roots, not just the plant.
    Plants absorb water through their roots, not through their leaves or any other part.

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