I know about the comparatives - drink,drank,drunk. But when I just used it in the sentence "He drunk water!", Someone pointed that it was wrong and that the verb "DRUNK" must be used only when someone is intoxicated like "He was drunk!". Is this right? Can anyone clarify this?

  • Did you mean: He was drunk from water? – Archimedix Feb 14 '15 at 9:31
  • Comparatives? No, drink is a verb, not an adjective. Drink/drank/drunk are verb forms (often called ‘tenses’ for simplicity, though really only one of them is a true tense). The only comparative you could make would be more drunk, which is the comparative of the adjective drunk. Since you both mislabelled and misused the verbal forms, I would not be so fast to claim that you “know about” them… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 14 '15 at 10:27
  • I am sorry, I didn't know how to describe the verbs, that's why I used comparatives. – Mass Kent Feb 14 '15 at 14:07

"He drunk water" is not correct grammatically.It should be "he drank water".That is said the word drunk refers to one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink.However we can imagine sentences where drunk is used without implying alcohol consumption.For example:

Drink - drank - drunk Drink is the present: I like to drink coffee. Drank is the simple past: I drank coffee yesterday. Drunk is the past participle used for the present perfect and past perfect: I have never drunk coffee, I had never drunk coffee.

  • Why not "drunk water?". I still don't get it! – Mass Kent Feb 14 '15 at 14:06
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    It's for the same reason you can't say "I written the book". You need to either say "I wrote the book" or "I've written the book." (write/wrote/written) Similarly, you either have to say "I drank the water" or "I've drunk the water". (drink/drank/drunk) – Peter Shor Feb 14 '15 at 16:35
  • Now, that's the explanation I can agree to! Thanks a ton! – Mass Kent Feb 15 '15 at 10:02

The verb "drunk" is not only used when someone is intoxicated but is also a participle of "drink", so that person was incorrect. Also in the form of intoxication it wouldn't even be a verb. Though the correct sentence would be either "He drank water" or "He has drunk water". Drink, Drank, Drunk.

  • That's what even I thought of, but some people like the one above won't agree!So, I don't know which one is right! – Mass Kent Feb 14 '15 at 14:21
  • From what I understand @sojourner does agree? "I drink water", "I drank water", "I have drunk water" are all correct sentences. More info here: dictionary.reference.com/browse/drink?s=t – Clox Feb 14 '15 at 15:36

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