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    had/ate/took lunch

    We had/ate/took lunch at the restaurant yesterday evening.

    Can each verb in bold be used in the above sentence?

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    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    Yes, but 'take lunch' is not commonly used any more, so it's a much less common collocation. (See Related Threads for furthe discussion,information.)

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    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    We had/ate/took lunch at the restaurant yesterday evening.

    Can each verb in bold be used in the above sentence?

    Thanks.
    You are more likely to have/eat/take dinner in the evening.

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    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    - missed that. I think 'more likely' was putting it rather mildly. People don't eat lunch in the evening, although as a joke people may sometimes they do/did.

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    #5

    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    At my previous job, we used "take lunch" to mean "take a lunchbreak".

    - What time are you taking lunch today?
    - 1pm.

    That doesn't mean the person is actually going to eat at exactly 1pm. It means they are going to start their lunchbreak (usually of an hour's duration) at 1pm. The assumption would be that at some point between 1pm and 2pm they will actually eat their lunch.

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    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    But there was at one time a certain class of person who would both 'take lunch' and not have paid employment of any kind!

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    Re: had/ate/took lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But there was at one time a certain class of person who would both 'take lunch' and not have paid employment of any kind!
    He was probably more likely to take 'luncheon'.

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