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    Under water VS underwater

    I have a question about the difference between "underwater" and "under water". Are they interchangeable?
    For example in this sentence : This man is swimming ..... . [can we use both underwater and under water?]

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    Re: Under water VS underwater

    Being very old and set in my ways, I tend to use "underwater" as an adjective [as in an "underwater camera"], and "under water" as an adverbial phrase [as in "this man is swimming under water"]. However, more and more people seem to use "underwater" in both cases these days, so you can decide which suits you better.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Under water VS underwater

    I agree with Grumpy, but I feel that they should not be used interchangeably.

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    Re: Under water VS underwater

    I would say "He is swimming underwater", but also "He is swimming under the water".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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