A ship is submerging/sinking.

yukinohana

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello,
"A ship is submerging."
"A ship is sinking."
What's the different meaning of these two sentences?
Thanks a lot!
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Generally, "sinking" means that ship (due to some misfortune or accident) is going down under the water involuntarily. However, when a submarine dives under the water, it is submerging (it is deliberately going under water).
     
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