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Tomar and Beber/Comer

I was using comer and beber for eat and drink respectively so things like "Eu bebo leite" and "Eles comem maçás".

On one of the lessons it then introduced tomar and started using this instead of comer and beber. What is the difference and why is tomar needed?

Thanks :)

July 24, 2013



Thanks, So is there any circumstance to use beber over tomar or can you just swap them out as you please?


beber = tomar for drinks.... for medicine use "tomar" (tomar remédio), for buses, and also a shower (tomar/pegar ônibus, tomar banho).There isn't a degree of formality for them, but in a social occasion I wouldn't feel (much) comfortable to say "tomar" to mean beber ;)


"Tomar" is commonly used for drinks. But "tomar" sometimes can mean other verbs. Example: "tomar um banho (take a shower)", "tomar à força (to seize)", or: to grasp, to catch, to snatch.

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