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  1. Yourjones
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    soap in water

    Hi,

    What will happen to a bar of soap if I put it into the bathtub full of water? I know eventually it will either become really small or disappear depending on how much water there is in the tub. But will it "melt" or "thaw"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: soap in water

    "Melt" is closer than "thaw". I would probably say "dissolve" or "liquefy".

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    Re: soap in water

    Dissolve.

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    Re: soap in water

    Things can only thaw if they are/were/have been frozen.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: soap in water

    'Melt' is generally used for breaking down by the application of heat. It's used colloquially for 'dissolve'. It depends on how physically/chemically correct you want to be. I'd use 'dissolve' since that's both correct and colloquial.

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    Re: soap in water

    One more vote for dissolve.
    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: soap in water

    I am not a teacher.

    What really happens to a bar of soap when put into a bathtub full of water is that it becomes slippery.
    Then it dissolves.

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    Re: soap in water

    I think the consensus is "dissolves".

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