In English you say eat soup, not drink soup. But how about Mandarin?


這個菜湯很香! 你喝喝看! (This vegetable soup is really tasty! You try it!)

or eat?

這個菜湯很香! 你吃吃看! (This vegetable soup is really tasty! You try it!)

Or are both valid?

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    Depends how hick you want to be. 吃 would be "invalid" in most "educated" circles - but in many countrysides anything can be 吃-ed: 吃烟、吃酒、吃汤、吃茶, etc.
    – Mou某
    Jan 17, 2018 at 4:31
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    For me, I use when I need chewing the food. You can you 尝尝 instead of 喝喝 or 吃吃, 尝尝 is more suitable than the others. Jan 17, 2018 at 4:53
  • This usage may differ in different areas of China.
    – fefe
    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:24

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The idiomatic way to say 'try it' in Chinese is 尝一下,尝尝,尝一尝.

You can also say 你吃一口(试试/尝尝) and 你喝一口(试试/尝尝) for eating and drinking respectively.

Your version 你喝喝看 is good too. But 你吃吃看 is not suitable for drinkings and soups. This is different from English.


As a native speaker. 這個菜湯很香! 你吃吃看!doesn't really sound too bad since you can actually eat things in the soup. If it is just pure liquid like water, it will sound odd.


In fact, we only use 吃 in ancient times, nowadays we use 喝 more. You can simply translate all into "drink".


Obviously need to chew -> 这碗汤吃吃看/吃粥

Around the ambiguity -> 这碗汤喝喝看/喝粥

No usage of “吃汤” leads to safety~

  • 謝謝! Thanks for your answer, I'm sure you have something good to say, but as it is now it's a but hard to understand for me ... could you elaborate a bit? Jan 24, 2018 at 1:56
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    @PetaspeedBeaver I think Chinese people is quick-witted even casual in idiomatic usage. You can think that we usually say 喝汤/茶. And 吃粥=喝粥, you should chew rices, so "eat". 吃茶=喝茶, because ancient Chinese tea can be eaten, be chewed. We don't use 吃汤 as a word, but involved a particular type of nutrition (food&drink) we say eat as the highest order of actions. So "這個菜湯很香!你吃吃看!" is correct.
    – Hao FU
    Jan 24, 2018 at 2:47

They are both valid, see “请吃茶,吃酒”,someone even say "吃烟"(smoke ). Angels are on your side.

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