A boil vs. Boiling

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Eddie Kim


I was just reading a book, the first book of the "Game of Thrones" series, and read this sentence:

"Pycelle was telling someone to heat the wine to boiling."

And I was wondering what difference would be made if I changed "boiling" to "a boil" as in "Bring broth, garlic, salt and pepper to a boil in a small saucepan."

Will there be any difference in meaning if I do that?

Some people told me I'm supposed to use "bring to a boil" only in cooking".

Or what kind of context should I need to use the expression "heat the wine to boiling"?

Thanks for your help in advance.
  • dadane

    Senior Member
    'Bring to a boil' is a stock phrase in cooking; as such, it would be the normal way of expressing this.

    'heat the wine to boiling' sounds very awkward to me, I prefer your version.


    Senior Member
    But it could also be "Bring x, y, and z to a boil in a small saucepan and then remove from the heat immediately".

    Edit. Admittedly, this is unlikely with ingredients given. ;)
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