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Differences in vocabulary - IV
In British English, both active and passive forms of drown can be used to talk about accidental drowning.
In American English, only active forms are used to talk about accidental drowning.
Awake and awaken
The verbs awake and awaken are irregular in British English, but can be regular in American English.
Awake – awoke – awoken (GB/US)
Awaken is regular in both British and American English.
Awaken – awakened – awakened (GB/US)
Bath and bathe
In British English, the verb bath is used to mean ‘wash oneself in a bath tub’.
The verb bath is not normally used in American English. In an informal style, we usually say have a bath (GB) or take a bath (British and American).
In British English, bathe can mean ‘swim for pleasure’. In American English, bathe is commonly used to mean ‘take a bath’.
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