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Reiko07
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:21:59 PM

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(1) I feel like enjoying myself.

(2) I feel like having a good time.

Are these sentences natural?

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
sureshot
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:08:02 AM
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Reiko07 wrote:
(1) I feel like enjoying myself.

(2) I feel like having a good time.

Are these sentences natural?

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Yes. However, sentence 1 will be more meaningful, if you add something at the end of the sentence e.g. "enjoying myself in the park". The added part of the sentence should answer questions like where, how etc.
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:42:11 AM

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sureshot wrote:
Reiko07 wrote:
(1) I feel like enjoying myself.
(2) I feel like having a good time.
Are these sentences natural?
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Yes. However, sentence 1 will be more meaningful, if you add something at the end of the sentence e.g. "enjoying myself in the park". The added part of the sentence should answer questions like where, how etc.


Thank you very much, sureshot. Please look at the dialogue below:

Tina: I feel like having a ball. Let's splurge.

Barbara: Forget it. I'm broke.

Tina: Don't worry. I'll pick up the tab. I'm loaded today. I'll treat you.

Barbara: No, we'll go Dutch. I don't like to freeload.

(Barbara K. Gaines: Idiomatic American English)


Does the sentence in red sound perfectly natural to you?


My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Adyl Mouhei
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:50:04 AM

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I agree with Sureshot.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:25:41 AM

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Hi Reiko07.
The difficulty you have here is the fact that "synonyms" and definitions in dictionaries are limited.

Yes - "have a ball", "have a good time" and "enjoy oneself" are all synonyms, and the definition of "have a ball" is "enjoy oneself greatly". But they are different "grades" of enjoyment.

I can enjoy myself at work when it's not boring. Enjoying myself is a fairly normal thing - it's not special.

Having a good time is usually fairly short-term, maybe an evening or a day, or one might have a good time on a holiday (vacation) away from home for a few days.

Having a ball is quite rare - exceptional - it's having a really great time. It normally wouldn't be more than a few hours. It's similar with "splurge" - it means "to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, esp. a costly one". It's a short, unusual action.

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I think "I feel like having a good time. Let's splurge." is natural (for me).

"I feel like enjoying myself" doesn't sound quite right because "I feel like . . ." gives the impression of doing something unusual, but "enjoying myself" is something I do most days.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:43:35 AM

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Adyl Mouhei wrote:
I agree with Sureshot.

Thanks, Adyl.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:45:17 AM

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Applause Applause Thank you very much, Drag0nspeaker.DancingDancing

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:06:21 AM

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"I feel like having a ball" is often used in AmE. It conveys the idea of being excited, exuberant, and looking forward to having a great time. This usually is said for some period of time such as an evening, or for an event.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:54:01 PM

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FounDit wrote:
"I feel like having a ball" is often used in AmE. It conveys the idea of being excited, exuberant, and looking forward to having a great time. This usually is said for some period of time such as an evening, or for an event.

Thank you very much, FounDit.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
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