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    Unregistered Lina Guest

    Smile Have you ever eaten ...?

    Hello
    Would you help me to know how to use "have " and "eat"?

    #1 Have you ever eaten this dish?
    #2 Have you ever had this dish?

    I know both words are used interchangeably. Which word is preferable when "have " has been already used in the sentence ? Or does this make any difference when deciding which word to use?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    M56 Guest

    Re: Have you ever eaten ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered Lina
    Hello
    Would you help me to know how to use "have " and "eat"?

    #1 Have you ever eaten this dish?
    #2 Have you ever had this dish?

    I know both words are used interchangeably. Which word is preferable when "have " has been already used in the sentence ? Or does this make any difference when deciding which word to use?

    Thank you.
    I would say that "had" would be used more readily than "eaten" as "Have you ever had + dish" normally implies having eaten it. So why would one need to say "eaten" ? In comparison, see how the true verb (cooked) works well below because the speaker needs to be specific about the action.

    Have you ever cooked this dish?
    *Have you ever had this dish? (Cannot directly mean cooked)
    Last edited by M56; 14-Jan-2005 at 00:29.

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