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    #1

    I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    I found the sentence 'I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch' in a passage, which might have been written by a Japanese test writer.
    I feel there's something wrong with it:

    1. 'The' before 'happiest' should be deleted -it's the case where the speaker is comaring the same person(=himself/herself) in different situations.
    2. 'a' before 'school lunch' could probably be deleted.

    'I feel happiest when I'm having school lunch' sounds the best to me.
    Am I correct?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    I would use "I am at my happiest ..." but "I am happiest ..." is fine. I generally find the use of the verb "to feel" when talking about feelings to be a little tautologous.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    May I simply say 'I am happiest when having school lunch'?

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    From my experience, I can't imagine anyone being happy about school lunches.

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    #5

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    From my experience, I can't imagine anyone being happy about school lunches.
    Hello, Mike.
    Do you have school lunches in America?

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    #6

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    Yes. And they are lousy.

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    #7

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    From my experience, I can't imagine anyone being happy about school lunches.
    That's what I was going to say. This is probably the most unnatural sentence I have come across here.

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    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes. And they are lousy.
    And only getting worse as the government obsesses with making them "healthy."

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    #9

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    Perhaps it's the social aspects that are so enjoyable.

    Actually, my daughter's school had good deli sandwiches and smoothies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: I feel the happiest when I'm having a school lunch.

    In New York, they came up with a rule that a vegetable had to be served with every school meal. So the Schools reclassified ketchup as a vegetable. Never mind that tomatoes are fruits.

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