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    #1

    plunge or dive

    Hi, can I say

    I like plunging in the sea
    I like diving in the sea
    Thanks
    Rip


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    Re: plunge or dive

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi, can I say

    I like plunging in the sea
    I like diving in the sea
    Thanks
    Rip
    both are okay and basically mean the same thing

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    Re: plunge or dive

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    both are okay and basically mean the same thing


    'Plunging' is often transitive (He plunged the bucket into the pool) or metaphorical (The excited children plunged into the dressing-up trunk they'd found in the loft).

    It would be wrong to say "the verb 'plunge' is not used to mean 'dive' - in the sense of 'throw oneself into water', but it's much less common than 'dive'. And in the context 'I like ...' diving is - in my experience - the only possibility (of the two!)

    The other thing about 'dive' is that it can mean either 'enter the water head-first' or 'do a deep dive' or 'do a shallow dive from the surface of the water' ('duck-dive'). So 'I like diving' is ambiguous!


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    Re: plunge or dive

    PS

    "plunge" can also be more graphic/dramatic:

    'On the first day of his holiday, he dived into the hotel pool.'

    But

    'Regardless of his own safety, he plunged headlong into the raging torrent.'

    b

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