Which one is correct?

A: I set my bottle of water in the freezer.
B: I put my bottle of water in the freezer.

Is there any difference?

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    Both are correct, but I'd expect to hear (B) more often.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 20:34
  • In general, B sounds more natural. Set might make sense if the emphasis is on how you put it in the freezer. I couldn't find the lid, so I set my bottle of water in the freezer upright. (AmE)
    – Adam
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 21:37

3 Answers 3


As has already been stated, both are correct and there is no significant difference between the two.

However, I might choose "set" over "put" in situations where I placed the object more carefully. If I have a bottle of water with a tight cap on it, I put it in the fridge. If I have a crystal bowl with a fancy trifle in it, I might set it in the fridge.

  • I agree. Well put! :)
    – BobRodes
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 3:58
  • This native speaker agrees. Set (in this context) describes the motion of placing one thing so it sits stably on top of another thing, implying some care and deliberateness in the action. Put doesn't suggest anything one way or the other about the motion or how carefully it was performed.
    – Ben Kovitz
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 8:24

Both are grammatically correct. In fact the definition of 'set' includes the definition of 'put`. They are nearly synonyms in the usage in question.

I do agree with this comment that B ('put') is more common.


You should use the verb 'keep' for the things which you need to put in the fridge regularly.

For example

  1. Do you keep ice the freezer ?
  2. Do you keep water bottles in the fridge ?

Here neither 'set' or 'put' is correct.

You'll find the verb 'keep' printed on the medicine bottles and other things which are supposed to be kept in the fridge.

Definition of 'set' - to put someone or something in a position

'Set' is preferably used when you are allocating a place for a particular thing or you are setting a paritcular thing in a particular position.

For example

  1. Where do you want to set this tv ?

So in your example it is less appropriate to use 'set' because you are not allocating a place to the bottle.

However 'put' should work fine here.

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