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    #1

    Smile wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    Do (a) and (b) have the same meaning?
    a) Here, use this towel and dry yourself.
    b) Here, use this towel and wipe yourself.

    Hirashin

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    #2

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    I am not a teacher.

    You can't say they have the same meaning, but you can say they might have the same meaning.

    To dry oneself means only to dry oneself, but to wipe oneself could mean to dry oneself or to clean off a substance/dirt.

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    #3

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    Generally, we use a towel to dry something, no matter what it is.

    Pick up that towel and dry your hands.
    Use that towel to dry yourself.
    Dry your hair on this towel.

    I would only use "wipe" if I was cleaning up a spillage with a towel.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    In BrE, the expression "wipe yourself dry" is commonly used.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #5

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    In AmE, we usually only use "dry yourself" if that person is wet from water. If that person has spaghetti sauce on their face, or has fallen into a big mud puddle, then we'd hand them the towel and advise them to "wipe" themselves.

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    #6

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    In BrE, the expression "wipe yourself dry" is commonly used.
    Izzat so Maybe it is up there, but down here (south of Watford) I don't think I've ever heard it.

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    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    I'm with BobK. Down here in the sunny South of England, I've never heard "wipe yourself dry" when talking about using a towel. I've used "towel yourself off" and "towel-dry your hair".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    In AmE, "wipe yourself" usually refers to one's rear end after defecation. Sorry to be crude.

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    #9

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, "wipe yourself" usually refers to one's rear end after defecation. Sorry to be crude.
    Well, I don't know if it's crude or not, but that's pretty much what I was thinking.


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    #10

    Re: wipe yourself vs dry yourself

    CMTA. Crude minds think alike.

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