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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 4:40:21 AM
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I am eating my dinner.
I am having my dianner.
I am taking my dinner.

Which of the above sentences is more commonly used by native speakers?

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Shivanand
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 5:33:06 AM
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I am having my dinner is what is used in this part of the world.
Cheers!
alertec
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:49:32 AM
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Also = I'm having dinner (or eating dinner)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:00:40 AM

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It would be the same in Britain, I'm sure - "I'm having my dinner."

However - that is the opinion of native speakers.

Native writers use "eating my dinner" much more than either of the others.

See this graph.

However - look at this . . .

As alertec said, "having dinner".
thar
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:08:37 AM

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For those of us with more flexible meal patterns (if I have cereal and milk for an evening meal, does that make it dinner? Or is that tea? Even if it is at eleven o'clock? Is your dinner even in the evening, or is that supper or lunch... confused now.Whistle ) I would just say 'I'm eating'.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:24:26 AM

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Well, when I was a lad, real people (ones who worked for a living) had breakfast, dinner, tea and supper, if they could. School provided 'school dinners', served by 'dinner ladies' for very small amounts (a shilling or two a day). Basic potatoes, beef and carrots or cauli, ham and peas. This was at 12 noon or 12:30.

Otherwise, they may have breakfast and take a packed lunch to work, then have a larger meal when they came home from work (which would still be called 'tea' probably). About 6pm.

I had heard of people eating 'dinner' at ridiculous times of the day - like in the evening.
But that was apparently only for people who didn't have to work and who could stay up half the night, going out to restaurants and things.

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Now, I have a large bowl of muesli sometime a few hours after getting up - this is breakfast, but may be eaten at 8am or 9pm, or 2pm occasionally - usually an hour or two after starting work.

Then I have dinner at work - usually at 3:30 or 4 (but this can be 4 in the early morning or 4 in the afternoon).
Then a 'snacky sort of meal' - soup and cheese sandwiches or something - at 8:30 (morning or evening) when I arrive home from work and a little before going to bed.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:24:55 AM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.

eating my dinner,having (my) dinner,taking my dinner

You have left out 'my' in your search. That makes a great difference.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:31:20 AM

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Yes - I had not thought about it till I noticed what alertec said.

Here's another comparison.

"Having dinner" is much, MUCH more common than any of the others (including "having my dinner", "eating dinner" and "eating my dinner").

It's funny sometimes that one phrase is popular, but another phrase (meaning the same) just is never said.

Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 12:28:31 PM

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I'm eating dinner.
Romany
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 3:52:55 PM
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Because the only time you'd ever have to say this is if someone rings you or knocks on the door, I've found I'm not the only one who says "I'm in the middle of dinner". (I might not even have actually started to eat but I've found that sometimes - only sometimes - "in the middle of" persuades them to actually let you get on with it and ring them later!)Dancing
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