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    I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    This is the question I got on my practice IELTS test:
    Describe your favorite season of the year. What you like to do during the season?

    I said I love winter. And when saying what I like to do in winter I said:

    "I like staying indoors, preferably in bed. Have a cup of hot coffee. Take a hot shower. My most favorite part is wearing winter clothes. I just love to wear track suits, jeans and caps during this season."

    My question is about 'a.' Here I'm talking about a season. But these sentence sound like I'm talking about a single day. Is it natural in this type of context or should I say "Have hot coffee"/"Take hot showers?"

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    #2

    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    The article is correct, but you should never say "most favorite". It's redundant.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Your response was both correct and natural. Your proposed alternatives are fine too, but as a native speaker I'd probably write just what you did.

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    #4

    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The article is correct, but you should never say "most favorite". It's redundant.
    I remember you corrected me once before. I keep saying it subconsciously cause I keep hearing it in movies/shows all the time.

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    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Describe your favorite season of the year. What do you like to do during the season?
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    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I keep hearing it in movies/shows all the time.
    I think we can safely say you're exaggerating.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I keep saying it subconsciously because I keep hearing it in movies/shows all the time.
    Please don't use "cause" instead of "because". That's bad English.

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    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I remember you corrected me once before. I keep saying it subconsciously cause I keep hearing it in movies/shows all the time.
    Habits are hard to break, but you should break that one. Movies and TV are an unreliable guide to good English usage because script writers sometimes put substandard usage into the mouths of their characters for dramatic reasons.

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    #9

    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    "Favourite" effectively works as a superlative. Admittedly, you might say you have ten favourite films but, if you actually like one of them more than the others, that one is your favourite, not your "most favourite". The others are just films you like a lot.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I like to have a cup of coffee/have coffee in winter?

    I agree, emsr2d2, but it is common and acceptable to say "That's one of my favorites." Favorite seems to be slightly ambiguous.

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