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    Hello!

    I wonder if there is any difference between (1) and (2).
    1. Let's go have coffee.
    2. Let's go get coffee.

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    Not really, in practical terms, but (1) means 'drink' and (2) means 'obtain'. Presumably, as soon as you obtain the coffee, you will drink it.

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    True, but there could be a slight difference. The first example "Let's go have coffee" to me means that your are asking someone to go to another place to drink coffee. The second could mean the same as the first, but could also imply that the person has run out of coffee at home and is asking someone to join them in going to the shop to buy some more which would then be drunk at home. What do you think?

    It is subtle, and I'm probably just being a tad too pedantic, but IMO as a British English speaker they can mean different things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    The second could mean the same as the first, but could also imply that the person has run out of coffee at home and is asking someone to join them in going to the shop to buy some more which would then be drunk at home. What do you think?
    I agree with y'all. Both are possible.

    Let's go have coffee. (drink coffee, either here or somewhere else)
    Let's go get coffee. (obtain coffee and bring it back here or drink it there.)

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