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    Martha Rinas is offline Newbie
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    Thumbs up what's the difference?

    Dear friends,
    I'd like to know the difference between "I like black coffee" and "I like my coffee black.
    thanks,
    martha Rinas

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    BaRBiTcH is offline Newbie
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    Re: what's the difference?

    I am a non-native, but it sounds like "I like black coffee" is a general statement, like when you're having a conversation and you casually mention that you like black coffee.

    "I like my coffee black", although it's also correct, sounds like you're telling, say, a server how you like your coffee (giving specific orders, if you will).

    That's just what it sounds like to me, I hope this helps.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by BaRBiTcH View Post
    I am a non-native, but it sounds like "I like black coffee" is a general statement, like when you're having a conversation and you casually mention that you like black coffee.

    "I like my coffee black", although it's also correct, sounds like you're telling, say, a server how you like your coffee (giving specific orders, if you will).

    That's just what it sounds like to me, I hope this helps.
    Yes, they are different meaning:

    Back = adjustive
    Coffe = Noun
    black coffee: Adjustive + noun
    coffe + sentence + back=Noun + sentence + back
    It is the same the sentences blow

    The cat click the empty dish
    The cat clikc the dish empy

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    Re: what's the difference?

    BaRBITcH is right---the first sentence means that you like the taste of black coffee. The second means that whenever you drink coffee, you drink it without sugar or milk.

    Here are two ways the sentences could be followed:

    "I like black coffee...[after dinner, with a rich dessert, but I prefer to drink cafe au lait in the morning.}"

    "I like my coffee black...[so even though you're out of milk, I will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee.]"

    [native speaker, not a teacher]

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