which is right to say


which is right to say: "I cook rice"  or "I boil Rice"

grammar asked Jun 16 '13 at 10:40 sandra New member

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Grammatically both are correct (although Rice should not be capitalized).


To "cook" is a general term for heating food whereas "boil" refers to a specific type of cooking.


So perhaps you would be more likely to say, for example:  " I cook rice every day", rather  than "...boil...".


"Boil" would be more often used in a  sentence such as " I boil rice sometimes but usually I fry it".


Hope that helps.

link comment edited Jun 16 '13 at 12:02 Michael Cranfield Expert

Grammatically, Michael is correct. Technically, you can't boil rice; you boil the water that the rice is in. Both phrases are used, however, and everyone will know what you mean either way. You can steam rice as well. When you fry rice, you fry the uncooked grains and then steam or boil them.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 12:10 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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