Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jul 2004
    • Posts: 285
    #1

    we had pasta for dinner

    a.When I was a child, we had pasta for dinner.
    b.When I was a child, we used to have pasta for dinner.


    Do these imply that we had pasta for dinner every night (or almost every night)?
    Many thanks.
    Last edited by azz; 26-Oct-2015 at 15:53.

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,609
    #2

    Re: we had pasta for dinner

    Yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #3

    Re: we had pasta for dinner

    As always, CONTEXT can change that.

    You have pasta only at lunch time? Oh. Interesting. When I was a child, we had pasta for dinner.
    What to you mean, we never ate pasta when we were growing up, Joey? I assure you, when we were children, we had pasta for dinner.
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jul 2004
    • Posts: 285
    #4

    Re: we had pasta for dinner

    Thank you both so much!

    I was trying to come up with a context which would change the meaning, but I just couldn't manage!

    Many thanks.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Feb-2015, 04:59
  2. then/that these noodles later became pasta.
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Apr-2013, 16:05
  3. Noodles, Spaghetti & pasta!
    By Goal in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-Aug-2012, 09:42
  4. at her dinner/dinner time/hour (starting) at 8pm
    By uktous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2010, 05:37
  5. He wolfed down his bowl of pasta?
    By sambistapt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Aug-2009, 19:59

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •