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    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference of three sentences.
    1. We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    2. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    3. We got dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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    They all mean much the same to me. As a Britsh speaker, I would be less likely to use the third, and if I did, it might imply that I wasn't staying at the hotel.

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    Wouldn't you prefer "had" ?

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    1 or 2 would be the ones I'd use. 2 would probably be the most natural.

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    In AmE at least, (3) suggests that they were busy doing other things (like travelling, birdwatching or sightseeing), but were very hungry and didn't care where they ate, so took advantage of the presence of the hotel to do so. I infer from 'have' and 'ate' that dining was the goal and entertainment, not a necessary task in passing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1 or 2 would be the ones I'd use. 2 would probably be the most natural.
    What about,

    write my homework
    do my homework

    wash the dishes
    do the dishes


    Are the first ones unnatural?

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    'Write my homework' doesn't sound very natural, as homework could involve maths, etc. 'Wash the dishes' sounds fine.

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    I see. Ta!

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    'Wash your homework' doesn't sound natural either.

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