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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  25/MAR/2007 12:40 PM
Assunto:  To use condoms

Mazinha, you ask an interesting question.  "To wear" is more specific than "to use", and you will hear it more often.  In most contexts, however, "to use" can be used without causing any confusion. 


I use Chanel Number Five perfume. = I wear Chanel Number Five perfume.

I use a hat. = I wear a hat.

I use white socks. = I wear white socks.

I use a suit.= I wear a suit.


If I were describing someone to you, I would choose "to wear".

He is the man wearing the red necktie.

She is the woman wearing black shoes.

To say "using" in these sentences would sound a little odd, but the sentences would be understood.


Going back to condoms, I think "to use" is by far the most common verb.  No, I haven't conducted a study, but it "sounds right".  I'm exaggerating but "to wear" suggests to me that someone is walking around wearing a condom just as others wear a cap, boots, a T-shirt, etc.  "To use" does not give me this image.  Regardless of the choice of verbs, the listener will understand perfectly.




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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
To use condoms  –  Gissele  24/MAR/2007, 11:37 PM
To use condoms  –  Dale/CR  25/MAR/2007, 2:05 AM
To use condoms  –  Gissele  25/MAR/2007, 11:17 AM
To use condoms  –  Estêvão  25/MAR/2007, 4:57 AM
To use condoms  –  Mazinha  25/MAR/2007, 7:10 AM
 To use condoms  –  Dale/CR  25/MAR/2007, 12:40 PM
To use condoms - II  –  Dale/CR  25/MAR/2007, 5:02 PM
To use condoms  –  Márcio Farias  25/MAR/2007, 6:01 PM
To use condoms  –  Dale/CR  25/MAR/2007, 9:12 PM
To use condoms  –  Márcio Farias  25/MAR/2007, 9:33 PM

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