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    #1

    We could meet

    We could meet on lunch.

    We could meet over lunch.

    Do these sentences convey the same meaning?

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    Re: We could meet

    Try:

    We could meet for lunch.

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    Re: We could meet

    If your purpose is to spend time with someone, then you could meet "for lunch."

    If you need to meet with someone for some other reason (a business meeting) and the time you can both meet is lunch time and you'll eat and meet at the same time, you meet "over lunch."

    "On lunch" is not used.
    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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    #4

    Re: We could meet

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    We could meet on lunch.

    We could meet over lunch.

    Do these sentences convey the same meaning?
    It is not correct to say "we could meet on lunch". You can only use "over lunch". It means '- you'll meet and have lunch. It usually suggests a formal, business lunch rather than two friends meeting up.

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    Re: We could meet

    Is there any circumstances where we can use " we could meet on lunch"? Is this sentence is not correct at any circumstances?

    Doesn't it mean that we can meet during lunch time?

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    Re: We could meet

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Is there any circumstances where we can use " we could meet on lunch"? Is this sentence is not correct at any circumstances?

    Doesn't it mean that we can meet during lunch time?
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    Are there any circumstances when we can use "we could meet on lunch"? Is this sentence not correct under any circumstances?

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    Not unless it catches on. Until then, no.

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    Re: We could meet

    You can meet during lunch or at lunch/lunchtime. "On lunch" is not used.
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    Re: We could meet

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
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    Are there any circumstances when we can use "we could meet on lunch"? Is this sentence not correct under any circumstances?

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    Not unless it catches on. Until then, no.
    What does 'catches on' mean?

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    Re: We could meet

    Something catches on when it becomes popular.

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    #10

    Re: We could meet

    On lunch can be used, in BrE at least, when someone is absent because they are having lunch. It clearly wouldn't work in this context, but we could say the following:

    She can't take your call now because she's on lunch. I'll get her to call you when she's back in the office.

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