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Can I use "溺水" for liquids other than water? How would you say: he drowned in Coca-cola?

  • I wonder what was the reason for downvote. – MrVocabulary Sep 22 '17 at 11:17
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溺 is a formal word.

淹 is a colloquial word in daily usage.

For example, 淹死;老鼠淹死在可乐里面了(for your case);小心别被(水)淹到;淹死你!;

These are the sentences that are used often in practice.

There are some set phrases: ...被...淹了; ...让...淹了; For example, 老鼠可乐淹了;蔬菜淹了

There is another phrase 淹没 meaning overwhelm. For example, 他被淹没了 means he is overwhelmed.

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Although you can not say 溺可乐, you can say 溺死在可乐中, which is more romantic anyway.

溺于可乐 is acceptable, because now it is not a fixed word but a sentence.

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No, you can't. For people whom are unfortunate and stupid to be deceased causing by coca-cola, it's called 食物中毒, food poisoning.

  • But I mean literal drowning. Like, you fall into a huge tub filled with coca-cola, petrol or whatnot. – MrVocabulary Sep 22 '17 at 10:43
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    @MrVocabulary It's impossible to get drown in Coca-cola, so there is no such word to describe that in Chinese. You can use 离奇死亡 or 意外牺牲 which means getting killed in an accident. For people whom are drown in love (Not really dying or in real danger), then you can say : 他堕入爱河, falling in the river of love. – Atmega 328 Sep 22 '17 at 11:00
  • I see. It's interesting that you say it’s impossible. I've witnessed a rat drown in coffee ;) But I get what you mean. – MrVocabulary Sep 22 '17 at 11:17
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他掉进了一大缸可口可乐里面溺死了。 He fell in a big vat of coca-cola and drowned.
(That should make the cola taste piquant.)

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