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    Coffee

    A. In her free time, she goes out for coffee with her friends.
    B. In her free time, she goes to a coffee shop with her friends.
    C. In her free time, she heads to a coffee shop with her friends.

    Hello Native Teachers and Speakers, which sentence of these sentences sound most natural to you in everyday conversations?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Coffee

    I don't find any of them particularly natural. If I had to choose one, it would be A.
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    Re: Coffee

    They would certainly be better without the comma, but I find it hard to imagine a conversation in which I would say any of them.
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    #4

    Re: Coffee

    Part of the problem is that many people associate 'free time' with time that is not spent working. If you spend your free time having coffee with your friends, you might spend a lot of time doing that.

    In those distant days when I actually worked for a living, I spent my free time with my family, in the garden, sailing, etc,

    I went out for a coffee with friends when I happened not to be otherwise engaged/had some free time/wasn't tied up/didn't have anything (else) on/wasn't busy/was free/etc.

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    Re: Coffee

    I don't see anything wrong with hanging out with friends in your free time. Perhaps maybe better, instead of going out to coffee change it to hanging out.

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