Do Thai people drink water or eat water?

ดื่ม//dèum means to drink. Nonetheless for casual situations, we can replace it with กิน//kin. The latter not only means to eat, but also to consume. Here are some examples:



Chǎn chôrb kin nám phŏnlámái sòd

I like to eat/drink fresh fruit juice.

แอร์กินไฟมาก เราควรปิดแอร์ถ้าไม่มีคนอยู่ในห้อง 

Air kin fai mâak, rao khuan pìd air thâa mâi mee khon yòo nai hôrng

Air conditioner consumes a lot of electricity. We should switch it off if there is nobody in the room.

รถคันนี้ไม่กินน้ำมัน เติมน้ำมัน 1 ถัง 35 ลิตร วิ่งได้ 500 กว่ากิโลเมตร

Rót khan née mâi kin nám man, term nám man 1 thǎng wîng dâi 500 kwàa kilometre.

This car does not consume (a lot of) fuel (or it has lower fuel consumption); topping up its tank with 35 litres of petrol can last more than 500 kilometres.

Nonetheless, you can still use ดื่ม//dèum in a context of drinking beverage. No soup. No cough syrup. No liquified meals.

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