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    wash the sweat away

    Hello.

    Imagine someone goes jogging. They come home. They want to jump in the swimming pool. Can I say this about him?

    He arrived home, dripping in sweat. "You should jump in the pool to wash away the sweat," his wife told him.

    Is it correct to use "wash away" in this situation?

    Is there a better way to express the idea?

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    #2

    Re: wash the sweat away

    Yes, but wouldn'tt it be easier to take a shower?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Yes, but wouldn'tt it be easier to take a shower?
    Maybe the shower is broke.

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    #4

    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello.

    Imagine someone goes jogging. He comes home. He is sweaty. Can I say this about him?

    He arrived home, dripping in sweat. "You should jump in the pool to wash away the sweat," his wife told him.

    Is it correct to use "wash away" in this situation?

    Is there a better way to express the idea?
    It's OK. (You could also say wash off.)
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    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Maybe the shower is broken.
    Note my correction above. "Broken" is the adjective to refer to something that is not working. "Broke" is an adjective meaning that someone has no money.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my correction above. "Broken" is the adjective to refer to something that is not working. "Broke" is an adjective meaning that someone has no money.
    Thanks. I'd heard "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", so I thought it has that meaning too. But I checked the dictionary after you said and realized "broke" is not used that way.

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    #7

    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Thanks. I'd heard "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", so I thought it has that meaning too. But I checked the dictionary after you said and realized "broke" is not used that way.
    In that expression, "broke" and "ain't" are correct. It's a fixed phrase. It's not supposed to be grammatical.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: wash the sweat away

    I suppose "broke" is as grammatical as "ain't" in written English.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #9

    Re: wash the sweat away

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I suppose "broke" is as grammatical as "ain't" in written English.
    Yes - in that neither is grammatical.
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