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    #1

    lukewarm, tepid, or not hot enough

    Hi all.

    I took a lukewarm bath last night. That's why I caught a cold.
    I took a tepid bath last night. That's why I caught a cold.
    I took a bath that wasn't hot enough. That's why I caught a cold.

    I know the opposite of hot is cold, but if I use it, it's different from what I want to say.
    Among the three sentences which one is a common phrasing? Or is there another way to say this?

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    #2

    Re: lukewarm, tepid, or not hot enough

    None of those statements is common—you don't catch a cold by taking lukewarm/tepid baths.

    There's not much to choose between lukewarm water and tepid water, but in real life I think most people commonly say 'The water wasn't hot enough'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-May-2020 at 08:58.

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    #3

    Re: lukewarm, tepid, or not hot enough

    Of the three, tepid is far less common in American English. The other two ways of expressing temperature are common.
    I am not a teacher.

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