LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/MAR/2007 12:40 PM|
|Assunto:||To use condoms|
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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