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    Hello, everyone.

    Please allow me to ask a silly question.

    1. Kazuki got up late and hurried to the bus stop without eating anything.
    2. Kazuki got up late and hurried to the bus stop without having anything.

    Is it not possible to change 'eating' to 'having' and convey the same meaning?

    I'm looking forward to your reply.

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    Default Re: without eating/having anything

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    Please allow me to ask a silly question.

    1. Kazuki got up late and hurried to the bus stop without eating anything.
    2. Kazuki got up late and hurried to the bus stop without having anything.

    Is it not possible to change 'eating' to 'having' and convey the same meaning?

    I'm looking forward to your reply.

    It's possible, but not easy. It would require a good deal of background context. Specifically stating the person got up/dressed/grabbed his bag/brief case then left.

    Otherwise, the reader will think he left home with nothing in his hands, rather than his stomach.

    In my opinion, the two words are not interchangeable.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: without eating/having anything

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    It's possible, but not easy. It would require a good deal of background context. Specifically stating the person got up/dressed/grabbed his bag/brief case then left.

    Otherwise, the reader will think he left home with nothing in his hands, rather than his stomach.

    In my opinion, the two words are not interchangeable.

    Thank you very much for your kind reply, HanibalⅡ.
    That (Your explanation) was my first guess.
    Yes, the meaning of 'having' in the second sentence is ambiguous.

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: without eating/having anything

    You could use Kazuki got up late and hurried to the bus stop without having anything to eat.


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