When some falls in small drops we say it is "dripping", but can it also describe an action?

Can I say something like "I'm dripping two drops of ibuprofen in this cup of water"

or

"I'm gonna drip some eyedrops on my eyes"

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  • 1 month ago
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    You can "drip" as an action, yes.  It means to let a liquid fall in droplets, rather than a stream.  Drip versus squirt, perhaps, or versus flush or flow.  Lots of ways to talk about how a liquid is moved.  Dripping is one of them.

  • Jon
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    1 month ago

    "Drip" can be a transitive verb -- for example, "The candle is dripping wax". But using related words like "drip" and "drop" together in the fashion you suggest -- what classicists call a "figura etymologica" -- isn't often done in English, except maybe in poetry.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes you can say that but its not that common. 

    "I'm PUTTING 2 drops of ibuprofen in this cup of water"

     "I'm gonna PUT some eyedrops IN my eyes" 

  • 2 months ago

    Your two sentences are OK but a little unconventional.

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