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Difference Between Bath and Shower

Bath vs Shower

Bath and Shower are two words that are often confused due to the appearing similarity between their meanings. Strictly speaking, they are two different words with different meanings. The word ‘bath’ is used in the sense of ‘cleansing the body with water’. On the other hand, the word ‘shower’ is used in the sense of ‘water fall, meant to cleanse the body from head to toe’. This is the main difference between the two words, namely, bath and shower.

Observe the two sentences:

1. I took a bath after returning back home.

2. I had a nice shower.

In the first sentence, you can find that the word ‘bath’ is used in the sense of ‘cleansing the body with water’, and the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘I cleansed the body with water after returning back home’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘I had a nice water fall, meant to cleanse the body from head to toe’.

The word ‘shower’ is sometimes used in the sense of ‘rain’ too with an inner meaning of ‘water is pouring from the cloud’, as in the sentence ‘The city experienced showers in the morning’. It is interesting to note that the word ‘bath’ is used in the formation of expressions such as ‘oil bath’, ‘sun bath’, ‘blood bath’, and the like.

It is interesting to note that the word ‘shower’ has its plural form in the word ‘showers’. On the other hand the word ‘bath’ does not have plural form. The word ‘shower’ is sometimes used as a verb too in the sense of ‘pour’ as in the sentence ‘he showers affection on the poor’. In this sentence, the word ‘shower’ is used as a verb. These are the differences between the two words, namely, bath and shower.


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