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Language tip of the week: bathroom

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the differences in meaning of bathroom in American and British English.



In the UK, bathroom usually means a room with a bath, a basin to wash your hands in, and sometimes a toilet. In the US, a bathroom may have a bath in it, but when American speakers ask to go to the bathroom they usually mean they want to use the toilet. In the UK, you would usually just ask to go to or to use the toilet or the loo. However, more and more people in the UK are using the American expression, so as with many of these differences the distinction is becoming blurred.

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