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    #1

    Stop doing something to do something

    Is it correct to say " I stopped having my lunch to help my mother with the house chores"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    The construction is fine though it's a little unnaturally worded. In BrE, it would be "I stopped eating my lunch to help my mum with the housework".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    Agreed - I stopped "eating" my lunch would be my choice.
    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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    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    I can't quite put my finger on why but that specific use of "have" with "lunch" doesn't work for me, unlike all these other perfectly natural sentences:

    I can't talk now. I'm having my lunch.
    I had my lunch at 1pm.
    What time are we having lunch tomorrow?
    Will you have lunch with us on Friday?
    I didn't have lunch until 4pm.
    Where did you have your lunch?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    I think it's possibly because the speaker is merely interrupting their lunch, so we perhaps feel subconsciously that while the eating has (temporarily) stopped, the having lunch hasn't.

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    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    That's it! Thanks for the loan of your finger!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Stop doing something to do something

    This isn't immediately relevant, but the question reminded me of a teaching resource I made a while ago - see att'd. '-)
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