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    to jam - to block - to clog

    My nose is completely jammed up/blocked up/ clogged up.
    The door is jammed up/blocked up/ clogged up.
    The washbasin was jammed up/blocked up/ clogged up.

    Are these possible? Do these verbs mean the same? Can they be matched with any object (door, nose, basin, window, car boot, blender, mower...)?

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    Re: to jam - to block - to clog

    Your nose is clogged. Blocked may be possible. Jammed is not.

    The door is jammed. If something is in front of it, it may be blocked. Jammed gives you the sense that it's stuck on its own frame.

    The drain is clogged. Jammed is not possible. Blocked only if there is something in front of it.
    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: to jam - to block - to clog

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Your nose is clogged. Blocked may be possible. Jammed is not.

    The door is jammed. If something is in front of it, it may be blocked. Jammed gives you the sense that it's stuck on its own frame.

    The drain is clogged. Jammed is not possible. Blocked only if there is something in front of it.
    Are there any particular collocations to learn these three verbs with? Or something you can advise to use them properly with a correct noun?
    Last edited by dilodi83; 08-Oct-2011 at 18:22. Reason: It was wrong

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    Re: to jam - to block - to clog

    Pipes/tubes get clogged, even if they are tubes in your body, like your nasal passage.

    The hose is clogged, the drain is clogged, the toilet is clogged, etc.

    Jammed is used when something usuall travels a certain path - a door swings open, a drawer pulled out, a window slides up. Something is making the smooth movement difficult - could be swollen wood, the fact that it got off track and is now a little sideways, or an object is blocking the tracks.

    Blocked means you can't open it or access it because there is an obstacle in the way.
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