bathing or taking a bath?

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rituparnahoymoy

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Assamese -India
bathing or taking a bath?

The elephants are bathing in the river/ or taking a bath in the river.

He is bathing right now/ He is taking a bath.

which one is correct.
 
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    There's some difference in usage between the US and UK, but in the US we'd probably "taking / take a bath" in both cases. "Bathing in the river" would probably also work for us, but not "he's bathing."
     

    suzi br

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    I would say the elephants are bathing. I think having a bath sounds too much like a human activity, but that is patently daft, since bathing can be used for humans too.
     

    Edinburgher

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    "Bathing" is getting a bit old-fashioned. In Victorian times, Edinburgh's swimming pools used to be known as baths.
    More recently, even "swimming pool" seems to be old hat. They're called "swim centres" now.
     
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