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    Thumbs down "taking bath" right or wrong?

    Hi,
    Can we use the verb "bath" in the present tense as "taking bath" or only "bathing" is correct?

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    Re: "taking bath" right or wrong?

    Hi

    Bath is a noun and bathe is a verb:
    .
    He takes a bath every day.
    He is taking a bath at the moment.

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    She bathes the baby three times a week.
    She is bathing the baby at the moment.


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    Re: "taking bath" right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by manikarthik84 View Post
    Hi,
    Can we use the verb "bath" in the present tense as "taking bath" or only "bathing" is correct?

    I have doubts that 'taking bath' is used in any dialect of English, Manikarthik. We use "taking a bath", and in this 'bath' is a noun.

    For my dialect, 'bathe' [bay-th] has a connotation of a long luxurious soak and sometimes it's used to denote a swim, not generally the simple act of cleaning one's body. 'bath' [baa-th] is, again for my dialect, the common choice.

    I'm gonna bath now.


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    Re: "taking bath" right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I have doubts that 'taking bath' is used in any dialect of English, Manikarthik. We use "taking a bath", and in this 'bath' is a noun.
    For my dialect, 'bathe' [bay-th] has a connotation of a long luxurious soak and sometimes it's used to denote a swim, not generally the simple act of cleaning one's body. 'bath' [baa-th] is, again for my dialect, the common choice.
    I'm gonna bath now.
    I would point out that, in my Midlands English dialect (and all other northern BrE dialects), a 'bath' is pronounced with the short 'a' vowel sound. Similarly, we 'bath' (short 'a') rather than 'bathe' (long 'a'). Canadians and Americans tend towards RP in this respect. The 'baa-th' pronounciation is peculiar to RP and South-Western English. In South-Eastern ('Estuary') English, it is akin to 'baa-rf', while in Cockney, it would be the abbreviated long-vowel sound 'barf'.

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