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    #1

    take a bath vs bathe

    Excluding showering, do speakers of AmE and BE have differing preferences on the following?

    1. Are you done taking a bath?
    2. Are you done bathing?

    1. Have you taken a bath?
    2. Have you bathed?

    1. Did you take a bath yesterday?
    2. Did you bathe yesterday?
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    Re: take a bath vs bathe

    In BrE, we "have" a bath, rather than "take" but of course we understand what "take a bath" means. All 6 of your sentences are grammatically correct. I find the use of the verb "to bathe" rather formal for this context. In addition, "to bathe" can mean "to swim in the sea".

    My BrE versions of your 3 sentences would be:

    1. Have you finished having a bath? (or "Have you finished your bath?")
    2. Have you had a bath?
    3. Did you have a bath yesterday?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: take a bath vs bathe

    I too was thinking bathe might be too formal.

    How about this context:

    1. The nanny is bathing little Johnny.
    2. The nanny is helping little Johnny take a bath.
    3. The nanny is giving little Johnny a bath.

    Note: Johnny is a toddler who, although incapable to taking a bath himself, could very ably soap and scrub himself.

    1. I'm going to bathe the dog.
    2. I'm going to give the dog a bath.
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 11-May-2016 at 08:17.
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