Do You Say Take a Shower, Have a Shower, or Get a Shower?

Take a shower, have a shower, or get a shower

I’m going to “get a shower” is what I said my whole life. Maybe sometimes I would say “grab a shower”. It wasn’t until college that I heard others say “take a shower”. Most recently when I began traveling, I hear people say “have a shower”.

Is it correct to say take a shower, have a shower, or get a shower?

Let me first just come out and say that after my keyword research, I discovered that “take a shower” is most common.

Furthermore, “have a shower” and “get a shower” are not wrong. All three ways of expressing your desire to shower are semantically correct.

According to a study done at The University of Arizona, the words ‘have’, ‘take’, and ‘get’ act as light verbs in this case.

For instance, the verb have functions as a light verb in expressions such as have a rest. The verb is syntactically functional and participates in different conjugations (ie., He is having a rest). However, the expression does not mean ‘to own a rest’. Rather, light verbs are known as ‘helping’ predication of, for instance, complexes (ie., have a rest, take a shower).
― Mercedes Tubino Blanco, Contrasting Causatives: A Minimalist Approach

It seems like it depends on what part of the United States or what part of the world you are from. Like I said, it wasn’t until I went off to college and traveled overseas and met people from the United Kingdom and Australia that I began hearing the expression “take a shower” and “have a shower” respectively.

Take a Shower vs Have a Shower vs Get a Shower

Below is a table that shows how many people search Google every month for the following phrases.

United StatesUnited KingdomAustralia
Take a shower4,400320170
Have a shower10260170
Get a shower110100

Although this study is rudimentary, it provides a general overview of the popularity of the phrases in each country. Here are some key takeaways.

  • The most popular way to express one’s desire to shower in the United States is “take a shower”
  • Significantly more people say “get a shower” than “have a shower” in the United States
  • “Have a shower” and “take a shower” are common in the United Kingdom
  • Saying “take a shower” is equally as common as “have a shower” in Australia
  • The most search volume for “have a shower” was in the United Kingdom
  • There is no search volume for “get a shower” in Australia

Do you say take, have, or get a shower? Let me know which one you say the most and where you’re from in the comments below.

As a former NCAA Division I competitive swimmer for the Loyola Greyhounds, Tony’s love of swimming continues to this day.  Combining his lifelong passion for swimming with blogging and website development, Tony created Cap Me Club. You can find more about Tony here.

6 Responses

  1. Australia = “have a shower” is the usual.

    United States = “take a shower” seems to be the norm.

    I’ve never heard anyone say “get a shower” though it sounds kind of like rough Aussie slang to me.

    I’m Australian and I used to say “have a shower” but “take a shower” sounds more correct I guess.

    I also used to say “I suppose so”. Now I say “I guess so”.

    It depends which nuances I like as to how I use them so where I’m from doesn’t matter I guess I suppose so.

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  3. I made it to Canada to study English. My teacher is also canadien. He said we can use get a shower instead of “take a shower” . To be blunt, I am not good at English. but My teacher who is native speaker said “I sometimes say ‘get a shower'”

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