I took all the water in my mouth.
Which thing below does this sentence mean?
- "I filled and kept the water in my mouth."
- "I swallowed the water down."
- It can be either depends on the context.
It simply means that the person let the water go into his or her mouth and held it there. It doesn't say what the person did with the water after it was all in his or her mouth. It doesn't mean that the person drank the water and would probably only be used in situations where the person didn't drink the water, at least not right away. If the person were drinking it right away they would probably just say they drank it.
The verb 'took' can be used in a couple of different types of situations.
It could be that there was some outside agent that was putting the water into the person's mouth. This verb can be used this way when a person receives something that is either given to them or forced on them by circumstances. In this case there might be a good reason why they didn't want to drink it and kept it in their mouth instead.
I took a blow to the head.
He took one for the team.
I took all the water in my mouth when he threw the cup in my face, but didn't swallow it because it was so dirty.
'Took' could also be used when the person wanted to have the water in his or her mouth, for some reason. In this case we would expect something in the context to explain the reason for having the water in their mouth, or what they did with the water.
I took the all the water in my mouth and spit it into my friend's face.
I took all the water in my mouth for a moment to enjoy its coolness before swallowing it.