wash yourself/take a bath/bath in the river

Discussion in 'English Only' started by atakeris, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:04 PM.

  1. atakeris Senior Member


    What phrase should I use if I'm going to the river not for a swim but to wash myself with soap and etc.

    I went to a river to wash myself/bathe/take a bath.
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    I went to a river to wash.
  3. I would say "to wash myself."

    (Otherwise, you might be talking about washing your clothes or bathing children, or something else.)
  4. Dretagoto

    Dretagoto Senior Member

    English - UK
    It's interesting that you should say that, because the phrase "I went to the river to wash" immediately, and only, makes me think of washing oneself, whereas if it was the other things then I would use a qualifier.
  5. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    "I went to bathe in the river" is an alternative, but I think it is BE only.
  6. kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    I would say bathe if I was washing my whole body. If it was less, I'd wash that specific item. "I went to the river to wash my hands."

    In the house, I would take a bath.
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