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To dive is to go below or into something. For example, people might dive into the water when they are swimming.
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dived or dove
Swimmers dive into the water from the side of a pool. (This sentence is in the present tense.)
My friend, George, is a very good diver.
Sometimes George uses a diving board to dive into the water.
The children dove into the water. (This sentence is in the past tense.)
A submarine can dive very deeply below the surface of the water.
Scuba diving is a popular activity in areas where the water is warm and clear. (The word "diving" is a gerund
in this sentence.)
You can also dive under something for protection.
You can also dive into something that you enjoy or need to do:
Sherry is looking forward to diving into a novel she picked up at the library.
I can’t wait to dive into this big dish of ice cream.
Our accountant needs to dive into the numbers that we gave him to figure out how much of a profit we made last year.
Don’t dive too deeply into someone else’s personal business.
When the word "dive" is used as a noun, it has a few different meanings.
This place is a dive. (It’s not a very clean place.)
Don’t go there. It’s a dive.
Jeremy likes going to dive bars on the weekends.
The bar we go to has a reputation for being a dive, but that’s why we like it.
The basketball team took a dive. (take a dive = try to lose a competition)
The fans noticed that the soccer team was taking a dive and started to boo.
The boxer was paid over $50,000 to take a dive. (In sports that involve betting, sometimes competitors intentionally lose.)
Everyone knows this hotel is a dive.
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March 4, 2018