Bathrooms

Learn words for things in bathrooms by doing these exercises.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

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Hello Rafaela1

All three of those questions are grammatically correct; the difference between them is a difference in how appropriate they are in terms of politeness. In British cultures, in general people don't refer directly to bodily functions such as peeing when they want to be polite. Each of the questions you wrote refers to a bodily function (peeing) to a different degree: the first one is the most polite, the second one a little less (though still polite), and then the last one less so (though it is not rude, either) due to this.

By using the word 'bathroom', you shift the emphasis away from what you are going to do in the bathroom (pee) by referring to the room instead of the action. By using 'toilet', it becomes clearer that you are going to relieve yourself (notice how we have this euphemism 'relieve yourself', which means 'pee') and so it's a little less comfortable in polite speech. By using the word 'pee', you are very direct and so it's even less comfortable in a polite context.

The word 'may' (instead of 'can') is usually used in very polite situations, especially when you want to show that you defer to authority. It would be strange for an adult to use 'may' and 'pee' together in the same sentence, unless they were being ironic. It would be more natural coming from a child, however.

That's probably more of an explanation than you were looking for, but I hope it helps.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by JAE Aniruth on Sun, 08/09/2019 - 17:46

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My bathroom is dirty because no one clean it.
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Submitted by mtalebi on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 06:17

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In Iran, there is usually a squat toilet in bathrooms.

Submitted by kvxxviii on Sat, 03/08/2019 - 07:01

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My bathroom is very convenient. There is a shower, a toilet, a washbasin, a washing-machine, a big mirror.

Submitted by lailat on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 09:59

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My flat has a quite big bathroom, in my bedroom, with a bath, a single washbasin and a mirror. There is some blue mosaic on the walls (not really beautiful) and the water heater is above the missing door. In fact there is instead a white curtain!

Submitted by Nazarova Feruza on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 05:10

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In Uzbekistan, the summery days are very hot. Every day I and my family have a shower twice or three times.

Submitted by islamhasabo on Mon, 15/07/2019 - 07:30

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I live with my wife in a one bedroom apartment that has 2 toilets, the guest and the master ones. Yesterday I had a shower then took a bath which I used the new bath bomb.That was in the master toilet, however today I used the guest toilet to wash my hands and face. I prefer the master one . It has cupboard, which is under the wash basin, that we use it put our shampoo and soap in.