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I am mildly confused about this pair of roots. I learned about trink- first in words like trinki, trinkaĵo, trinkigi etc. Later I found drinkejo used for a pub, so my conclusion was that the latter has the connotation of drinking alcohol while the former would be any generic beverage. But then in ESPDIC I found that many translations are applicable to both (jen an excerpt of the search results on ^[td]rink):

drinkaĵo: (alcoholic) drink, booze
drinkejo: bar, pub, canteen, tavern, saloon
trinkaĵo: beverage, drink
trinkejo: bar, pub
trinko: drink, beverage

which seems quite symmetric, at least in these words. There still seems to be more cases supporting my guess, like

drinkemulo: boozer, alcoholic, drunkard, drunk
drinki: to drink (to excess)
drinkulo: boozer, alcoholic, drunkard, sot
trinkakvo: drinking water
trinkĉokolado: chocolate milk, hot chocolate

but there's also

trinkaĉi: to booze (it up)
trinki je ies sano: to drink to someone’s health

Unfortunately, most words do not have a direct equivalent (t- and d- used with the same affixes) which makes it harder to investigate further using this method. So, to what extent can I interchange these two?

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    I agree with what Lee Miller said in this discussion. --esperanto.stackexchange.com/questions/1948/… -- "ESPDIC aims specifically to document all usages of words in Esperanto, whether they're good or bad. I have significant hesitation about recommending it as a reference for people learning Esperanto." – Tomaso Alexander Nov 10 '16 at 13:07
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It looks like your source contains some errors.

The distinction is fairly simple.

  • trinki - to drink (something).
  • drinki - to drink alcohol to excess.

As a result, the right verb to use with a glass of wine is trinki.

Both trinkejo and drinkejo are common expressions for bar. The difference is nuance. You're more likely to encounter drunk people in a drinkejo. For what it's worth, drinkejo seems to be slightly more common.

  • So much for trusting online resources :-) But how is trinkejo and drinkejo the same then? Or is it not? I also checked Wiktionary for these ones. – La Vo-o Nov 10 '16 at 13:06
  • I also just saw Vortaro about the above question (finding basically that trinkejo covers all of drinkejo and more). I need to remember to use it more. – La Vo-o Nov 10 '16 at 13:11
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    I've added info on trinkejo and drinkejo in my response. I've also commented about ESPDIC on your original question. – Tomaso Alexander Nov 10 '16 at 13:12
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    Quite amusing that drinki (from engl. to drink) refers to the excessive alkohol consumption... Wonder what that says about the view of English people abroad :) – Oliver Mason Nov 10 '16 at 15:10
  • "As a result, the right verb to use with a glass of wine is trinki." I often say "mi drinkas akvon", using drinki to denote an excess in quantity. I'm not sure whether it's correct usage, but I feel like it and I'm pretty sure I'm understood. Of course, I could use trinkegi, trinkadi or trotrinkegadi^^. – Christian Schott Nov 12 '16 at 16:04

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