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    what does it mean of sentences?

    i have to be taking tea?
    i have had to take tea?
    i had to be taking tea?
    i had had to take tea?
    i would have had to take tea?


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    Re: what does it mean of sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by majesticsania View Post
    i have to be taking tea?
    i have had to take tea?
    i had to be taking tea?
    i had had to take tea?
    i would have had to take tea?
    To have (a cup of) tea is the right expression. To take tea is not correct.

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    Re: what does it mean of sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    To have (a cup of) tea is the right expression. To take tea is not correct.
    I think "take" might be acceptable even though it is not common.

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    Re: what does it mean of sentences?

    Dear Majesticsania:

    To take tea is simply another way to say, 'to have tea', or 'to drink tea.'

    In AmE, it sounds a bit old-fashioned and formal, but I don't know about BE.

    All of your sentences are variations on the sentence, 'I have to take tea.' ('I must take tea.')Each sentence is in a different tense. Some of them sound awkward to me.
    Also, 'I have to take tea,' sounds a bit odd, too, since having tea is usually considered a pleasurable experience. I suppose it would make sense if the complete sentence were, 'I have to take tea with my boring cousin tomorrow,'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Re: what does it mean of sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Also, 'I have to take tea,' sounds a bit odd, too, since having tea is usually considered a pleasurable experience. I suppose it would make sense if the complete sentence were, 'I have to take tea with my boring cousin tomorrow,
    Hi Petra,
    I like a lot the way you explain stuff related to English.
    Does the verb "take" alwway go with rather unpleasant experiences like tking an exam, taking trouble etc?

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    Re: what does it mean of sentences?

    Dear Banderas:

    Thanks for your kind words.

    No, 'taking' isn't always negative. People 'take' baths, vacations, care, medicine, advice, 'five'(a short rest break), taxis, bows (on stage when the audience is applauding) and walks, as well as exams and 'lumps' (punishment or other unpleasant consequences).

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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