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The word "sink" can be either a noun or a verb.

As a verb, it’s irregular and changes as follows:

simple past past participle

In this first set of examples, the verb "sink" means to go down, usually in water or some sort of soft material.

  • Their boat is sinking. sinking boat
  • Our feet sank in the wet mud.
  • The house is starting to sink on one side.
  • The submarine was sunk by a torpedo fired by an enemy ship.
  • Robb sank his teeth into a large hamburger.

"Sink" is also used when a person loses hope or experiences tragedy.

  • Astrid’s heart sank when she heard the bad news.
  • She got a sinking feeling that something bad had happened. (In this sentence, "sinking" is an adjective.)

In sports such as basketball or golf, "sink" is used when a ball goes through a net or a hole:

  • He hopes to sink this putt.
  • Basketball players try to sink the ball through the net.

You can also use "sink" when making an investment:

  • They sank $100,000 of their money into a business.
  • Rhonda and Troy don’t want to sink any more money into their house because they might move.
  • Sinking thousands of dollars into the stock market is a bad idea if you don’t know what you are doing.

The word "sink" can also be a noun. A sink looks like this:

bathroom sink

  • Bill shaves every morning in front of the bathroom sink.
  • The kitchen sink is full of dishes that need to be washed.
  • Rinse those dirty dishes in the sink before you put them in the dishwasher.

kitchen sink

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This page was first published on December 21, 2013. It was updated on September 27, 2016.



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