Why are some characters grouped together? Better to have each character separately.
Is water used to mean "liquid" in general with the verb to drink, in the same way that "fan" is used to mean food in general with the verb to eat? Or does this literally mean "i drink water"?
水 means water and is not used to generalize to liquids or beverages.
Nonetheless when forming compound nouns it may represent liquid, e.g. 汽水 soda, 香水 perfume, 藥水 medicine (in liquid form).
Thank you, that's very helpful.