Yesterday my teacher corrected me, because I said "take a bath" (I was talking about taking a bath in the beach). He told me that the right way to say it was "take a dip". I want to know if he was right, or if that is only one way to say it. Thank you all

  • Locale is as important as context; in the US, you are in fact taking a dip. Taking a bath is something else entirely; you are cleaning your body, generally by full-body immersion in a sufficiently large tub, plus soap. – Jeff Zeitlin May 23 '18 at 17:46
  • It is curious, because my teacher is from UK. But thanks for your answer! – Jose Spanish May 23 '18 at 17:48
  • Welcome to ELL.SE. Are you sure you mean bath? To take a bath or to have a bath is to immerse your body in water for washing or rinsing it; it is sometimes but not always interchangeable with bathe. – choster May 23 '18 at 17:48
  • Thank you choster, I meant get into the water not to clean yourself, I am talking about get into the water to cool yourself. – Jose Spanish May 23 '18 at 17:53
  • "Take a dip" is one way to put it, but we don't bath in the sea, we bathe. Going on to bathing and bathing, although the same spelling, in BrE the a is pronounced in the same way as in the original verb. – Weather Vane May 23 '18 at 17:55

You could not take a bath in the beach unless you meant a bath of sand. You could bathe (in the sea) at the beach.

Bath noun
A1 [ C ] uk (us bathtub) a long plastic, metal, or ceramic container that is filled with water so that you can sit or lie in it to wash your whole body

​ A1 [ C usually singular ] the activity of washing yourself or someone else in a bath


bathe verb (SWIM)
[ I ] uk to swim, especially in the sea, a river, or a lake


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