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    "have a drink"

    Hi,

    Sentences like 'let's have a drink.", "Let me get you a drink" I hear very often and I know roughly what they mean. But what I don't know is what exactly the "drink" mentioned above refers to.
    Does it specifically refer to the liquid with alchohol?
    When you hear the word 'drink' in those situations, what type of drink do you think of first?


    Thank you!

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    Re: "have a drink"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    Sentences like 'let's have a drink.", "Let me get you a drink" I hear very often and I know roughly what they mean. But what I don't know is what exactly the "drink" mentioned above refers to.
    Does it specifically refer to the liquid with alchohol?
    When you hear the word 'drink' in those situations, what type of drink do you think of first?


    Thank you!
    Usually, it means alcohol in a bar/pub.

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    Re: "have a drink"

    Context will usually help. If you walk into a pub/bar and a waiting friend says "Aha! You've finally arrived. Let me get you a drink" then it is likely that they expect you to order an alcoholic drink, purely because you are in a pub. Of course, you might be teetotal, you might have driven to the pub or you might simply not fancy any alcohol. If that's the case, then the question remains the same but the answer would be "Lovely. I'll have an orange juice. Thanks".

    If you arrive at a friend's house on a very hot day and you cycled twenty miles to get there, when you arrived, you would be very hot and sweaty. If your friend said "Wow. You look exhausted. Let me get you a drink", then they probably mean water, fruit juice, soda etc.

    If someone says "Let's go for a drink after work", they probably mean "Let's go to the pub and have a beer/wine etc". If they meant something else, they would probably say "Let's go for a coffee after work" or something similar.

    In BrE, we do tend to use "drink" and "drinking" to refer to alcohol. If, in the first example I gave above, you asked for an orange juice, your friend might say "Oh, are you not drinking this evening?" Clearly, you plan to drink the orange juice so your friend is not asking if you are not planning to pour a liquid down your throat, he is asking if you are not drinking alcohol this evening.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "have a drink"

    Thank you for this, as always, very thorough explanation emsr2d2, but I have to admit that my throat feels rather dry now.

    TomUK

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    Re: "have a drink"

    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
    Thank you for this, as always, very thorough explanation emsr2d2, but I have to admit that my throat feels rather dry now.

    TomUK
    Great. Mine's a large house red! Cheers!
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    Re: "have a drink"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Great. Mine's a large house red! Cheers!
    My experience with house red is somewhat mixed; it's either lovely jubbly or summer plonk.

    TomUK

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