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Thread: Gulp Vs Down?

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    Cool Gulp Vs Down?

    Hello amigos!

    He gulped/downed two pints before the main meal.

    Do these verbs mean the same here? Is there any difference between them?



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    Re: Gulp Vs Down?

    They both mean he drank the two pints, gulp indicating that he drank them very quickly and downing just indicating that he drank them.

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    Smile Re: Gulp Vs Down?

    Hi Sam, the difference is small: 'gulped' tends to suggest a fast, eager and messy(?) way of drinking, whereas 'downed' more accurately describes drinking something in one go...all at once.

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