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    #1

    leak and drip

    I'm opening this thread because I cannot catch the difference, if there is any, between these two verbs...can you help me with this?

    In sentences like:
    The tap is dripping
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    The tap is leaking
    Don't they mean the same?

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    #2

    Re: leak and drip

    drip means very small drops/droplets of water are falling - ("one, two, three, four..." - you can hear each one falling)
    leak just means that something that SHOULD be held inside a container is coming out ("The oil leaked out of the ship", "the information was leaked by a politician", "the water leaked into the street from the broken pipe").

    So a dripping tap is also a kind of leak but I hope you can see the difference now.

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    #3

    Re: leak and drip

    Without disagreeing with Martin, I can live with a faucet that drips. But if it's leaking, there is a steady stream of water coming out and I'd call a plumber.
    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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    #4

    Re: leak and drip

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Without disagreeing with Martin, I can live with a faucet that drips. But if it's leaking, there is a steady stream of water coming out and I'd call a plumber.
    Without disagreeing with anyone, if I were trying to sleep, I could do so with a leaking tap (if it wasn't flooding my flat) but I can't sleep if I can hear a dripping tap.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: leak and drip

    Not if you put a sponge under it. I figure the call to the plumber is much more than the water loss. I've been living with it for about three months now. Since I can't even change a washer, it would cost me more than I'm willing to spend to get it fixed.
    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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    #6

    Re: leak and drip

    Me neither ['Without disagreeing with anyone']. But if you care to take your researches a bit further you'll find that a tap can leak from the gland nut; and - if no drips fall as a result - the tap is leaking but not dripping.

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    #7

    Re: leak and drip

    A leaking gland nut sounds like something I'd lose sleep over.

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    #8

    Re: leak and drip

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    A leaking gland nut sounds like something I'd lose sleep over.
    It sounds like something I'd go to hospital with.

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    #9

    Re: leak and drip

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It sounds like something I'd go to hospital with.
    There's a joke to be made here about the similarity between an old man and a leaking roof. Modesty forbids that I should repeat it, but reconstruction is invited as a DIY project. The key pun is 'enuretic', and depends on Edwardian Music Hall pronunciation (extreme RBP) in which stressed // makes the sound [e].

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