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Put it into fridge.
Put it into refrigerator.

Do we use fridge and refrigerator?

When we use fridge and refrigerator, are they the same?

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They're the same. Over the last few decades, fridge has become increasingly common, and that is what I would suggest for informal contexts. Note that it's always "Put it in the fridge" (or "the refrigerator"). Using into there isn't actually wrong, but usually people would just use in. –  FumbleFingers May 17 at 19:29
    
@Chipperyman I'm pretty sure that's exactly what FumbleFingers said...that you should use "the fridge/refrigerator" and that most people use only "in" instead of "into" but that "into" wasn't actually wrong. –  Doc May 18 at 0:49
    
@Doc Re-reading I understand that, I didn't realize he made the point that you have to use the. –  Chipperyman May 18 at 0:52
    
If you say "into fridge", Derbyshiremen will think you're native, whilst everyone else will spot your foreign tongue! –  Ollie Ford May 18 at 1:16

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"Fridge" is is just short for "refrigerator". It's considered a proper word now, not just an abbreviation. However, it is still considered a short, informal form — for example, if you buy a fridge, the owner's manual will still say "refrigerator".

By the way, you are missing an article in those examples. They should be:

Put it into the fridge.

Put it into the refrigerator.

Oddly, it is unusual to hear "Put it into a fridge" even when there is more than one refrigerator to choose from. "The fridge" often just means any low-temperature environment.

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Yes, fridge and refrigerator mean the same thing. In British English fridge is so commonly used that refrigerator is very seldom heard and almost sounds old fashioned. In my experience Americans seem to use refrigerator more often.

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I've never heard anyone say refrigerator in an informal context. –  Chipperyman May 18 at 0:26
    
Native Am.E. speaker, and I hear refrigerator used in informal contexts all the time. Fridge is more common certainly, but someone saying "I just bought a new refrigerator" is more common than "I just bought a new fridge" (granted, people don't often buy the appliance). –  Doc May 18 at 0:52

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