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Spirit_flow
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:06:04 AM
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Hello everyone, thank you for coming in, I am an entry-level English learner in HK and I am new to this forum.

Got a question from real life, what will be the appropriate verb for consuming cigarette?

E.g. We say, eat a cake, drink a cup of water, reading newspaper, and what verbs can be filled in this bracket: ( ) a cigarette?

Can anyone plz help?

Thank you :)

SF
Cat
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:11:41 AM

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Smoke. You can smoke a cigarette. Take a drag off a cigarette. Toke a cigarette.
thar
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:17:36 AM

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You smoke a cigarette.
(in slang, a cigarette is a smoke). To put Cat's in context in case you ever want to use it, you should know toke is drug-related!! Anxious

Not meaning to shop you cat, we can keep this from vickster Shhh
Spirit_flow
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:19:48 AM
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Wow, that's quick! Thank you very much guys..

Do you mind me to ask one more question, that in English we don't say "suck a cigarette" right? I know suck can be a taboo in many ways, but would just like to confirm. Thank you!
grammargeek
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:44:22 AM
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Spirit_flow wrote:
Wow, that's quick! Thank you very much guys..

Do you mind me to ask one more question, that in English we don't say "suck a cigarette" right? I know suck can be a taboo in many ways, but would just like to confirm. Thank you!


Yes, that is right, Spirit flow, and welcome to the forums.

Do not say "suck on a cigarette." You might say "puffing on a cigarette," but I'm not a smoker so maybe some others should weigh in on that.

I am reminded of another smoking-related term with which one must be careful. In England (I'm not sure about the other parts of the U.K.), a slang term for a cigarette is fag. If you click on the link, you'll see that particular definition of "fag" as the second one. In the U.S., if you say "fag," everyone will think you are referring to the third definition which is certainly offensive and has nothing to do with cigarettes or smoking.
thar
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:44:32 AM

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Spirit_flow wrote:
Wow, that's quick! Thank you very much guys..

Do you mind me to ask one more question, that in English we don't say "suck a cigarette" right? I know suck can be a taboo in many ways, but would just like to confirm. Thank you!



No, you don't suck a cigarette, the normal term is smoke a cigarette.

You may sometimes see 'suck on a cigarette' or 'suck in smoke' but that is just about the action of taking a deep breath in through the cigarette, it is not the normal words for smoking a cigarette.
Suck is not taboo, it is commonly used for 'suck on a sweet', 'suck on the end of a pencil', although it can also be sexual, it is not a taboo word. It is just not the right word for smoking cigarettes!
grammargeek
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:47:33 AM
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Thar, who are these people you are hanging out with who suck on the end of pencils? Eh?
sumittal
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 12:14:54 PM
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as i think; suck is usually happen with our saliva as a supporting lubricating element and also the material sucked goes to the stomach and not in lungs or any part of the body.
i think; such action for different elements are defined according to their type; action type and final destination in bodies.
Spirit_flow
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 2:00:56 PM
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Thank you all, really appriciate your help!
thar
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 2:57:37 PM

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grammargeek wrote:
Spirit_flow wrote:
Wow, that's quick! Thank you very much guys..

Do you mind me to ask one more question, that in English we don't say "suck a cigarette" right? I know suck can be a taboo in many ways, but would just like to confirm. Thank you!



I am reminded of another smoking-related term with which one must be careful. In England (I'm not sure about the other parts of the U.K.), a slang term for a cigarette is fag. If you click on the link, you'll see that particular definition of "fag" as the second one. In the U.S., if you say "fag," everyone will think you are referring to the third definition which is certainly offensive and has nothing to do with cigarettes or smoking.[/color]


So you come on the internet to ask a simple language question and end up talking about sucking fags. What is it about the internet and sex?
grammargeek
Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 3:48:06 PM
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thar wrote:
grammargeek wrote:
Spirit_flow wrote:
Wow, that's quick! Thank you very much guys..

Do you mind me to ask one more question, that in English we don't say "suck a cigarette" right? I know suck can be a taboo in many ways, but would just like to confirm. Thank you!



I am reminded of another smoking-related term with which one must be careful. In England (I'm not sure about the other parts of the U.K.), a slang term for a cigarette is fag. If you click on the link, you'll see that particular definition of "fag" as the second one. In the U.S., if you say "fag," everyone will think you are referring to the third definition which is certainly offensive and has nothing to do with cigarettes or smoking.[/color]


So you come on the internet to ask a simple language question and end up talking about sucking fags. What is it about the internet and sex?


No comment. Anxious
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 12:20:11 AM

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Whenever my ex-boss wanted a break, he entered my room and asked, want a fag?

It is not a joke. He always says he takes fags. I prefer using smoke.
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 12:31:08 AM
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Still quite common in Aust, Srirr. not so PC anymore.

fag for cigatette, have a fag

drag for smoking a cigarette, but both a slang.

"You just pucker your lips and blow" or in this case suck.ha ha
blue2
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 4:07:32 AM

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[quote=Tovarish]Still quite common in Aust, Srirr. not so PC anymore.

fag for cigatette, have a fag

Yes, also have a cigarette, have a smoke.
Slang for cigarette in Canada: smokes "Gotta buy some smokes."

drag for smoking a cigarette, but both a slang.

I'd say take/have a drag on a cigarette. "Can I have a drag?"
Btw, I don't smoke, but I live in smoker's paradise. Yuk.




thar
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 4:26:00 AM

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Can I have a drag is asking for one puff of their cigarette
Do you have a smoke is asking for a whole cigarette to yourself.

There is a whole language devoted entirely to making yourself cancerous and smelly!!
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3:59:30 PM

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You can also take a 'draw' on a cigarette, but usually only in Damon Runyon novels.
Rhizome
Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 5:20:39 AM
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Also, lug is used in informal British English as a countable noun with the verbs give and have to mean have a puff on someone's cigarette.


For example - Go on, give me a quick couple of lugs on that fag.
Fleurignacois
Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 4:48:00 AM
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It is the cigarette that smokes, you are only the sucker on the end.Whistle
thar
Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 4:55:31 AM

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Fleurignacois wrote:
It is the cigarette that smokes, you are only the sucker on the end.Whistle



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abnormal
Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:11:00 AM
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WHAT ABOUT WEED? Dancing
Jesi Elkins
Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 1:09:19 PM

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You can:

• take a hit off a cigarette
• take a puff from, off or on a cigarette
• you can pull on a cigarette or have a pull from a cigarette
• you can toke on a cigarette or a smoke
• you can have a smoke or blow a smoke
• you can fire one up
• you could suck in a puff
• you can take a drag of, from, on or off a cigarette

...and many, many more!

All of these are common in different places around the country (USA) and around the world. I've heard or used them all!
As the writer, find the one that suits your character best and use it. Dancing

Romany
Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:10:14 AM
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Hey Jesi - welcome to TFD.

That was a great and comprehensive post - unfortunately however, this thread is 7 years old. The OP (original poster) did not actually become a permanent member and has long gone from the Forum.

It's a good idea, when skimming through threads, to have a look at the top of the post to see what the date of the thread is. That way you can be sure you're helping someone and not just casting pearls into the deep dark hole of past cyber-comm!
TMe
Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:50:07 AM

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'Consuming' itself is good verb, Jesi.
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