[JLPT grammar] Should さむい or つめたい be used for ‘cold tea?

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

It’s hot today, so I want a cup of cold tea.


Both さむい and つめたい mean cold, but さむい is used for weather or air temperature, and つめたい for objects that are cold to the touch.
Since お茶 is an object, you should use つめたい.



The watermelon in the refrigerator is very cold.

Let’s make cold water by adding ice.

It’s cold today, so I’m going to put on my coat.

The air conditioner is so strong that the room is chilly.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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