When some falls in small drops we say it is "dripping", but can it also describe an action?
Can I say something like "I'm dripping two drops of ibuprofen in this cup of water"
"I'm gonna drip some eyedrops on my eyes"
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
You can "drip" as an action, yes. It means to let a liquid fall in droplets, rather than a stream. Drip versus squirt, perhaps, or versus flush or flow. Lots of ways to talk about how a liquid is moved. Dripping is one of them.
- JonLv 61 month ago
"Drip" can be a transitive verb -- for example, "The candle is dripping wax". But using related words like "drip" and "drop" together in the fashion you suggest -- what classicists call a "figura etymologica" -- isn't often done in English, except maybe in poetry.
- ?Lv 71 month ago
Yes you can say that but its not that common.
"I'm PUTTING 2 drops of ibuprofen in this cup of water"
"I'm gonna PUT some eyedrops IN my eyes"
- az_lenderLv 71 month ago
Your two sentences are OK but a little unconventional.