Gas is a substance that can come in the form of a liquid (gasoline) or as something lighter than liquid, such as air.

In these sentences, gas is a liquid. We often use the word "gas" as a substitute for "gasoline."


  • My car ran out of gas.
  • Gas prices are climbing.
  • Give it some gas. (Push the car’s accelerator down with your foot.)
  • I gotta get some gas. (gotta = have got to)
  • This car is easy on gas. It gets good gas mileage.

In these sentences and questions, the word "gas" does not refer to a liquid. It’s much lighter than liquid. A gas might be colorless or odorless, depending on what kind of a gas it is.

  • Do you smell gas?
  • On our planet, methane is a type of gas, but on Titan, a moon of Saturn, methane is liquid.
  • Jupiter is a planet that is made up entirely of gas.
  • It’s a gaseous planet. ("Gaseous" is an adjective)
  • A gas leak forced the community to evacuate.
  • The Syrian government has been accused of using gas against its own people.
  • A gas attack killed and injured thousands of people in Iraq in the 1990s.
  • The dentist gave me some gas before going to work on a cavity. (gas = laughing gas or nitrous oxide)

Human beings are also capable of producing gas:

  • That burrito gave me gas.
  • No one knew it was David who was passing gas.
  • Someone’s got some really bad gas.
  • Broccoli leaves me feeling a little gassy. (The word "gassy" is an adjective.)

Sometimes the word "gas" is used in American slang to mean that an activity was a lot of fun.

  • The concert was a gas.
  • We had a gas at the party.
  • What a gas!

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Published on August 23, 2013