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    Default eat dinner breakfast lunch

    Hi,
    can I use the verb eat instead of have?

    I eat breakfast/lunch/dinner

    If it is possible. Which one do you like best?
    Thanks Rip

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    Default Re: eat dinner breakfast lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    can I use the verb eat instead of have?

    I eat breakfast/lunch/dinner

    If it is possible. Which one do you like best?
    Thanks Rip
    Yes, "eat" is generally better.

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    Default Re: eat dinner breakfast lunch

    Apart from custard pies in the face, what else do we do with food served as a meal but eat it. Why emphasize the physical act of 'eating' the meal?
    'have' implies taking the time to have a meal. 'eat' is appropriate when you are more just satisfying your hunger 'on the run', as in
    "I was running late for work so I ate some muesli bars for breakfast on the bus."
    "I was so busy at work, I ate lunch at my desk so I could keep working on those figures he wanted."

    "Shall we have supper after the show, or eat before we go?" (the latter suggesting a more hurried meal so as not to be late for the show.)
    "have" is the more appropriate word -"Let's have dinner"...and Johnny cannot have desert until he eats all his vegetables.

    You have dinner, but may eat it in front of the telly rather than eat in the dining room.

    Nuances of expression such as this bespeak refinement.
    Last edited by David L.; 15-Nov-2008 at 09:54.

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    Default Re: eat dinner breakfast lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Apart from custard pies in the face, what else do we do with food served as a meal but eat it.
    Davvero! Basta cosė

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Davvero! Basta cosė
    Hi Raymott, why are you speaking in italian...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi Raymott, why are you speaking in italian...?
    It's a secret code.

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    Default Re: eat dinner breakfast lunch

    As someone who had worked in the hospitality trade, I would feel more comfortable saying that so-and-so is having dinner, rather than saying the person is eating dinner.

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    ..Can I ask what the difference it makes between 'have dinner' and 'eat dinner'?

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    Default Re: eat dinner breakfast lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Davvero! Basta cosė
    May I know what is that mean? Tq

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi Raymott, why are you speaking in italian...?
    a secret code???!!!Don't you see that I live in Tuscany, Italy?
    Rip

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