Confusing Words and Expressions, Lest We Forget, Parts of Speech

have a bath vs take a bath

When you hear people say have a bath or take a bath, what do you think? That one is correct and the other is not? Not at all.

They’re both correct, and here’s why:

In this context, bath is always a noun in American English but both a noun and a verb in British English.

American

Americans naturally say take a bath to mean wash oneself in a tub of water and use bathe as the verb form. They however use have a shower when talking about a wedding shower, but not in the sense of cleaning the body.

Examples:

  1. She was always the first to take her bath because she wakes early.
  2.  While he bathed, his wife called the police.

British

Britons naturally say have a bath and bathe is used to mean swim or pour liquid on. 

Examples:

  1. Don’t disturb me, I’ll take my bath in the afternoon.
  2. If you bath them today, who will do it tomorrow?
  3. It’s a new swimming pool for everyone to bathe.

 

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