gasping for breath and panting for breath

Discussion in 'English Only' started by tigerduck, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. tigerduck Senior Member

    Switzerland
    German / Switzerland
    Hello

    Is there a difference between gasping for breath and panting for breath?

    In the following exercise, the task is to underline the most appropriate word in the sentence. The key says that gasping is the most appropriate.

    I told the doctor that climbing the stairs lefte me catching/gasping/panting for breath.
     
  2. mjscott Senior Member

    (Who writes these exercises?)

    Gasping is the answer.
    I told the doctor that climbing the stairs left me catching my breath.
    I told the doctor that climbing the stairs left me panting.
    I told the doctor that climbing the stairs left me gasping for breath.

    More common would be gasping for air.

    (....Again, who writes these exercises?)
     
  3. Pie Crust

    Pie Crust Banned

    England
    England English
    Hello tigerduck,

    Gasping for breath involves separate, spaced intakes of air with the mouth open.

    Panting for breath is a rapid inhalation and exhalation of air, again with the mouth open. Picture a dog panting on a hot day and you will see the meaning.
     
  4. audiolaik

    audiolaik Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    English native speakers write such exercises
     
  5. mjscott Senior Member

    Panting for breath is rare enough that I've not heard it. Panting is how you breathe after you ran around the track a couple of times, or chased the deer out of your garden.

    Gasping for air, on the other hand, is when you are so desperate for air that you are almost gulping it--like when you get hit unexpectedly by a wave while swimming and you are inhaling. You end up coughing, spitting out water and gasping for your next breath.
     
  6. tigerduck Senior Member

    Switzerland
    German / Switzerland
    Thank you for your extremely helpful discussion.

    The exercise comes from Advanced Language Practice by Michael Vince.
     
  7. fernandotorres

    fernandotorres Senior Member

    Pune
    India -Marathi and English
    Exactly,panting for breath is unheard of and I would even go as far as to say that it is incorrect.
     

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