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    Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Hello everyone!

    I received a text from my mother today, saying “Eat what Tonight?”. That got me thinking.
    I thought it wasn’t good English, even for texting, I thought we should say “What should we tonight?” or something like that whenever we were starting a (text) conversation.

    But I thought maybe we could you it as a follow up, but is it still rude?
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    A: We should eat out tonight.
    Me: Eat what?

    I think that’s quite rude and it suggests I don’t quite want to eat out or maybe even eat.

    What do you think?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    The only guide to acceptability in texts is whether the recipient understands the message the sender wants to convey. There are absolutely no 'rules' about what we should say.

    A: We should eat out tonight.
    Me: Eat what?

    I think that’s quite rude and it suggests I don’t quite want to eat out or maybe even eat.
    The response may come across as a little terse, but it's not rude.
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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    "Where?" is a more logical follow up question, if you are trying to make plans to eat out.

    Or "where do you want to go?"

    Or "what do you feel like having?"

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    What about if I want know ask my mom what we should eat tonight, can I just say "Eat what tonight?"? I don't think so.
    I understand there's no rule in texting, but would you text that?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I thought "Eat what" wasn't good. Did you think so too? Is it not grammatical??

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ashely_1010 View Post
    What about if I want know ask my mom what we should eat tonight, can I just say "Eat what tonight?"? I don't think so.
    I understand there's no rule in texting, but would you text that?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I thought "Eat what" wasn't good. Did you think so too? Is it not grammatical??
    Say "what are we going to eat tonight?"

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ashely_1010 View Post
    What about if I want know ask my mom what we should eat tonight, can I just say "Eat what tonight?"? I don't think so.
    One can, and I imagine some people do.
    I understand there's no rule in texting, but would you text that?
    No, I wouldn't, but that was not the question.
    I thought "Eat what" wasn't good. Did you think so too? Is it not grammatical??
    I have already said that there are no rules about the language of texting. It's not a question of whether the words are 'good' or 'grammatical', - but whether they are easily understood by the recipient.

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    One can, and I imagine some people do.
    How do you mean by some people? Do you mean native English speakers?
    I guessing if English speakers do say that, they mainly say that in informal conversations?

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ashely_1010 View Post
    What about if I want know ask my mom what we should eat tonight, can I just say "Eat what tonight?"? I don't think so.
    I understand there's no rule in texting, but would you text that?
    I wouldn't- I normally text in ordinary language. However, it's OK as a text message, as is wot 4 dinner 2nite?

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    Re: Eat what tonight? (correct English?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ashely_1010 View Post
    How do you mean by some people? Do you mean native English speakers?
    I guessing if English speakers do say that, they mainly say that in informal conversations?
    Yes, I mean native speakers of English in informal conversations.

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