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    #1

    'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    A: I might go for a stroll.
    B: Enjoy (it).

    Can "enjoy" stand on its own here?

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    #2

    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    As an NES, but not an English specialist:

    I don't believe that I would personally use "enjoy" on its own.
    However, having posted something a recipient may enjoy, in an email or on a website/forum, I regularly use the "chatlish" form "Njoy!"

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    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    Sure it can. It's perfectly acceptable.

    I offer my friend a beer. As I am serving it to him he says "Thank you" and I reply "Enjoy." I might even say "Enjoy" if he hadn't thanked me, especially if the day was hot and the beer was cold.
    Last edited by probus; 06-Mar-2013 at 23:09.

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    #4

    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    I'd have said: "Cheers!" (Hic!)

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    PS: It looks like it may be one of those AME/BrE things:
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?word=enjoy
    Last edited by Route21; 06-Mar-2013 at 07:59.

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    #5

    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    In BrE, it's absolutely fine.

    - I'm off to the theatre tonight.
    - Enjoy!

    - My brother and I are going to make a massive pizza for dinner this evening.
    - That sounds delicious. Enjoy.

    - I have to work a 17-hour shift today.
    - Ouch! Enjoy. (Sarcastic)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    It's a recent addition to BrE, but it has crossed over.

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    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    I think it's a fairly recent addition to AmE too. I never heard it in my youth.

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    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    I don't see what is so remarkable. It's an imperative form.

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    #9

    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't see what is so remarkable. It's an imperative form.
    Perhaps the question is whether it can be intransitive, and if so, is this usage new.

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    Re: 'Enjoy (it)' - can 'enjoy' stand on its own?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't see what is so remarkable. It's an imperative form.
    That's true but the normal imperative form would be "Enjoy yourself!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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