book

 

Learn English  
  Blue Level  
  Red Level  
  Yellow Level  
  Green Level  
  Purple Level  
  Orange Level  
  Violet Level  
  Video Lessons  
  Links  
  American Speech  
  Chat  
  How to Learn  
  Vocabulary  
  U.S. Citizenship  
  Reading  

 

 

 


drink

 

 To drink is to consume some sort of liquid. The word "drink" is an irregular verb:

simple past past participle
drink
drank
drunk

coffee

  • She drinks coffee for breakfast. (present tense)
  • We drank pop at the party. (past tense)
  • What do you like to drink? (infinitive)
  • John can't drink anything that has alcohol in it.
  • The children haven't drunk their milk. (This sentence is in the present prefect tense. Many people avoid using the past participle form of "drink." See the examples below.)

You can also use the word "drink" as a noun:

  • I need a drink of water.
  • This drink has too much sugar in it.
  • There were a lot of drinks at the party.
  • Tom had too many drinks. (Often, using the word "drink" alone means that the drink had alcohol in it.)
  • We stopped off at the bar for a drink.

The past participle form of "drink" is "drunk." However, the word "drunk" also means "inebriated," or someone has consumed too much alcohol. For this reason, some people avoid using the past participle, "drunk," by choosing a different verb. The verb "have" is a good substitute.

  • She hasn't drunk all of her milk. (awkward)
  • She hasn't finished all of her milk. (better)
  • I've never drunk that before. (awkward)
  • I've never had that before. (better)

 

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

 

This page was first published on September 5, 2012. It was updated on August 17, 2015.

 
 

 

 

 

 

© 2012, 2015 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.