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    meaning of 'no appetite'

    When someone says he he has no appetite does it mean that he cannot eat any food at all as he is not hungry? Or does it also mean that he doesn't feel like eating although he can eat a little food if he wants to?

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    #2

    Re: meaning of 'no appetite'

    I think it could be either.

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    Re: meaning of 'no appetite'

    In my experience, it tends to mean you're a bit under the weather. If you don't want to eat because you're not hungry,then "I"m not hungry just now" seems more natural. "I have no appetite" imples (to me) due to sickness.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: meaning of 'no appetite'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In my experience, it tends to mean you're a bit under the weather. If you don't want to eat because you're not hungry,then "I"m not hungry just now" seems more natural. "I have no appetite" imples (to me) due to sickness.
    ...or disquietude or emotional distress.

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    Re: meaning of 'no appetite'

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    ...or disquietude or emotional distress.
    Absolutely, yes!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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