Bath and bathe

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Bath

Forms: bath / bathed / bathing

In British English, the verb bath is used to mean wash oneself.

Bath can also mean bathtub.

The verb bath is rather formal. It is normally used in the structure have a bath or take a bath. Note that the phrase take a bath is common in both British and American English. The phrase have a bath is usually only used in British English.

Bath can also be used with an object.

In American English, the verb bathe is used in this case.

Bathe

Forms: bathe / bathed / bathing

In British English, bathe means swim for pleasure. In a less formal style, we use other expressions like have a swim or go for a swim.

In American English, bathe can mean take a bath.

Note that to lie in the sun is to sunbathe, not sunbath.

Grammar exercise | bath and bathe

Complete the following sentences using bath or bathe.

1. You need a --------------- tonight. (bath / bathe)

2. You have got enough time to take a ---------------- (bath / bathe)

3. I was taking a -------------- when the phone rang. (bath / bathe)

4. You must ----------------- before going to bed. (bath / bathe)

5. Your eyes are red. Why don't you ---------------- them? (bath / bathe)

Answers

1. You need a bath tonight.

2. You have got enough time to take a bath.

3. I was taking a bath when the phone rang.

4. You must bathe before going to bed.

5. Your eyes are red. Why don't you bathe them?

See Also

Back and Again
Bath and bathe
Beat and win
Because
Because of, due to, owing to and on account of
Been
Before
Before and in front of
Begin and Start
Belong to, belong on and belong in
Below and under
Beside
Besides
Between and among
Between and during
Between and from
Big, large and great
A bit
Born and borne
Both
Bring and take
But
But, though, in spite of, despite
By and with