228 – Take Lunch vs. Have Lunch – Confusing Vocabulary

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Take lunch & have lunch. A lot of people get confused with these two verbs. For today’s English lesson let’s have a look at when we use take and when we use have to talk about meal.

Here are the example sentences:
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  • I had a slice of pizza for lunch yesterday.
  • Some of the guys had a beer after work last night.
  • What time do you usually have lunch?
  • I usually take lunch at 1 o’clock.
  • I had lunch at 1 o’clock.

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Comments 9

  1. Hi Mohamed. Sometimes Americans also use "have a shower," so if you used that it would be totally understood, but as you mention it is much more common "across the pond." But I do hear a lot of people say, "I took a coffee this morning" and for my American ears, that sounds like a crime!!! Thanks for the message!

  2. All the answers are INCORRECT. I usually HAVE lunch at…, today I HAVE just HAD a cup of… TOday means that the time we're talking about is not finished yet, so we have to use the PRESENT PERFECT. There's no pres. perf. among the possible answers in the exercise

  3. Hi Davide. I explained this in the podcast in detail. Please check it out.
    1) I usually take lunch at 12" means "I usually use the lunch break my company provides and 12"
    2) "I just had a cup of coffee" means in the immediate past
    "I had a cup of coffee" is anytime in the past, and this is acceptable in American English. I can say, I had two cups of coffee this morning. Even though this morning is still continuing now, this is acceptable and usual in American English.
    Thanks for noticing.

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