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    #1

    I dropped 10 kilos.

    Dear all,

    Do you say, "I dropped 10 kilos" when you lost 10 kilos?

    If "drop" is fine, do you think ESL learns can use both?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I dropped 10 kilos.

    Native speakers might say that. It's basically a metaphor, as you can't literally drop the weight (allowing it to fall as if from your pocket). If your accent is poor, and doesn't inspire confidence, people will be unsure what you mean. If your accent is great, they will be confident they have understood. Does that help?

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    #3

    Re: I dropped 10 kilos.

    I think there's a BrE vs AmE difference here (again!) As a BrE speaker, I would say only "I [have] lost ..." (and I would use stones and pounds, not kilos). On a health forum I belong to, I frequently see AmE speakers saying "I dropped ..." when talking about their weight.
    On the same subject, I would say "I put on ..." and AmE speakers seem to use "I gained ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: I dropped 10 kilos.

    AmE uses both 'put on' and 'gained'. I would guess they're about equally as common.

    Both 'dropped' and 'lost' are widely used in AmE, although I'd agree with Konungursvia that 'dropped' is more idiomatic, and therefore used by native speakers more than learners.

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    #5

    Re: I dropped 10 kilos.

    I'd use kilos, put on, and lost.

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