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    About how the verb " to dry" is commonly used

    1) The sun came out and dried up all the rain.

    2) The Great Salt Lake is slowly drying up.

    3) Before you put this tent away, be sure you dry it out.

    4) After the flood, it took weeks for our house to dry out.

    5) My skin gets dried out in winter sometimes.

    6) Leave the dishes to dry (off/out).

    7) Who's going to dry the plates and the pans up?

    8) The river is about to dry up.

    My question is this: how to use the verb TO DRY correctly with the most correct preposition?

    In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, it says that DRY UP us mainly used for lakes, rivers, and other things like these...or in the case of the word dishes or plate when we use a towel to take the water off; and DRY OUT for clothes and similar things but not for example for natural things...it doesn't say anything about how to use DRY OFF...
    These senteces have been taken from some books where I've been trying to figure out how this verb is used, but, I haven't understood much so far...



    Now, I was wondering if a native (American or Bristish) could help me with this verb because I'd like to understand how it's used in everyday's life.

    Thanks so much for your help.

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    Re: About how the verb " to dry" is commonly used

    Any teacher or native speaker who can possibly answer this thread, please?

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    Re: About how the verb " to dry" is commonly used

    With #7 I'd say either just "dry" or "dry off." The others sound natural to me. When something "dries up" (in general) something that should have liquid does not. A lake or river should have water, so when it dries up, something is wrong.

    Something that should not be wet (in general) dries out. Your tent, your house.

    Your skin is another thing that dries out, even though it should be moist. You don't DO anything to make this happen - it's a natural process when it's very dry out.

    Something that can get wet without harm but when the usual state is dry gets dried off. If you get caught in a rain storm, you need to dry off.
    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: About how the verb " to dry" is commonly used

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Any teacher or native speaker who can possibly answer this thread, please?
    Three and a half hours is far too soon to start chasing us to reply! Please remember that we are very busy people, we are volunteers and most of us work all day and only do this in our free time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: About how the verb " to dry" is commonly used

    Thanks so much Barb_D

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