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NirmalPriyaVishnu
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:52:04 AM

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I eat breakfast
I have breakfast
which one is apt?

I haven't taken the breakfast (is it correct?)
I didn't take breakfast (is it correct?)
which one it apt?



Shivanand
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:19:02 AM
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Hi ramannirmal, both the forms are used. But I use them as under:

I eat breakfast: I eat breakfast very early in the morning
I have breakfast: I normally have eggs for my breakfast

you may see the subtle difference.

Normally you say " I have not had my breakfast", though the other forms reported by you are also used in our part of the world!


Cheers!
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:31:57 AM
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ramannirmal wrote:


I haven't taken the breakfast
I didn't take breakfast






Hello,


Here in California, it would sound very strange to use those sentences.

I believe that people would say something like:

1. I haven't had breakfast (yet).
2. I haven't eaten breakfast (yet).
3. I didn't have breakfast.
4. I didn't eat breakfast.

* #3 and #4 would be said (in theory) after 12:00 noon.

I have heard many foreigners here in Los Angeles say, "I have to take my lunch now." I believe that sentence sounds very strange to most Californians.


James
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 3:20:38 PM

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Hello!

It would also sound a little strange to say "take breakfast" (or "take" any meal) in Britain.

The most common is "have/had" (Have you had your breakfast?" and so on), 'eaten' is rarely used in general speech, here.

There is one situation in which "eat" is definitely the one to choose:
If someone is given a meal, but does not eat it, the verb used is "eat".

"Have you had breakfast yet?" means "Have you prepared and eaten breakfast?" or "Have you received and eaten breakfast?" (depending on the situation).
"Have you eaten breakfast yet?" can mean the same things, but it mainly means "I gave you breakfast half an hour ago - have you actually eaten it?"
If you notice that someone still has all his food on his plate, after some time, you would say "You haven't eaten your lunch! Is something wrong?"

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