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Take Lunch, Sack Lunch Photo

Take Your Lunch and Eat it too!

In many languages the word take can be used like the word intake (as in eating or drinking). Frequently English language learners use the word take to mean eat or drink. In English, we only take our medicine! (not our food or beverages)

The sentence, “I took lunch at  that restaurant,” is confusing because “take lunch” generally means to “take your lunch with you” (sometimes called a “sack lunch”).  Use the verbs have, eat, and drink to describe consuming food or beverages.

We should say, “I had lunch at that restaurant,” or “I ate lunch there.”  Easy peasy*, right?!

And since we are discussing meals, we might as well* talk about dinner.  One of my students was surprised to learn that the word for the evening meal is supper, not dinner.  Dinner means the “big meal” of the day.  Typically most people eat their big meal in the evening (at suppertime). So, dinner has become synonymous with the evening meal. But holiday dinners, especially Thanksgiving and Easter dinners, are often eaten in the middle of the day.

Many of you recognized the play on words in the title of this post, Take Your Lunch and Eat it Too! Click To Tweet

There is a famous expression, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too!” meaning once you have eaten your cake, you no longer have any left.  But since we use the verb “have” to mean eat or drink, this expression can be little confusing.  Just for fun, here are several of my grandchildren on their first birthday demonstrating that indeed you CAN have your cake and eat it too!


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So, whether you’re eating your lunch, or having dessert, take some time now to let me know if you have any English questions or suggestions for future articles. Be sure to check out the Notions page and subscribe to my blog.  You might as well!* ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°) wink!, Michele