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    tube vs rubber ring?

    We Koreans always hear "tube(or zube-distorted pronunciation)" when we use a rubber ring in a swimming pool.
    Do native speakers ever use "tube" for "rubber ring"? I don't know why Koreans use "tube" for it.

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    Re: tube vs rubber ring?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    We Koreans always hear "tube(or zube-distorted pronunciation)" when we use a rubber ring in a swimming pool.
    Do native speakers ever use "tube" for "rubber ring"? I don't know why Koreans use "tube" for it.

    I usually refer to them as a 'donut' or 'ring' however 'tube' is a quite popular name for the item.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: tube vs rubber ring?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    We Koreans always hear "tube(or zube-distorted pronunciation)" when we use a rubber ring in a swimming pool.
    Do native speakers ever use "tube" for "rubber ring"? I don't know why Koreans use "tube" for it.
    It comes from inner tube. An inner tube was used inside of a tire. It held the air and was separate from the tire. An older inner tube could be patched and used as a flotation device in the water.

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    Re: tube vs rubber ring?

    not a teacher

    Of the options given by Wikipedia, "swim ring", "float ring" and "floaty" are the ones I'm familiar with.

    Swim ring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I assume Koreans say "tube" because it closely resembles the inner tube of a car tyre.
    As a child I often used an inner tube to play in the water and I've seen children doing the same recently.

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    Re: tube vs rubber ring?

    We had inner tubes in our pool when I was a child. Even a big one from a tractor tire. You just had to watch out for the long metal valve so you didn't get scratched!

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    Re: tube vs rubber ring?

    When I was learning to swim, I had a "rubber ring" (the inflatable tyre kind) and "armbands". I think the latter are frequently referred to as "water wings".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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