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    after tea

    In 'after tea' in BrE, the 'tea' refers to the small meal served in the afternoon with a cup of tea. But can we use 'after tea' when we want to mean 'after we drank/drink a cup of tea' or 'after we drank/drink some tea'?

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    Re: after tea

    I would say "after a cup of tea".

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    Re: after tea

    Thank you so much for your help, Mathew.

    By the way, I clicked on the 'Thank' and 'Like' links at least five times at different times, but they just wouldn't work.

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    Re: after tea

    I just clicked on the "Thank" and "Like" buttons in your above post and they worked properly.
    The problem may be at your end.

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    #5

    Re: after tea

    After we had a cup of tea...

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    Re: after tea

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    In 'after tea' in BrE, the 'tea' refers to the small meal served in the afternoon with a cup of tea. But can we use 'after tea' when we want to mean 'after we drank/drink a cup of tea' or 'after we drank/drink some tea'?
    Note that "afternoon tea" is a small(ish) meal served in the afternoon with a cup of tea. In some regions of the UK, "tea" is the evening meal. In other regions of the UK, that meal is called "dinner". Speaking very generally, people in different regions have "breakfast, lunch and dinner", "breakfast, lunch and tea" or "breakfast, dinner and tea".

    When I was growing up, we had breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. On Sundays we had breakfast, Sunday lunch (also called a roast dinner!) and Sunday tea (egg sandwiches, crumpets, tea and cake).

    However, just to add to this confusion, at school, the meal eaten at around noon was always called "school dinner", not "school lunch". I have friends from other parts of the UK who called it "school lunch".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: after tea

    I am not a teacher.

    When I was growing up, we had breakfast, lunch and supper. You can insert tea between the last two.

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    Re: after tea

    I completely forgot about supper but when I was growing up, that was a small snack people had about an hour before bed. I never had it.
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