Having breakfast

Do you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? What do you usually have for breakfast?


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I'm warning you. This is a very serious question for me. I'm going to write a long speech. Do you see it below this sentence? Do you see a forest of written lines below this sentence?
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I love eating. I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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I will not say what I usually eat, because it changes every day, but I can tell you what I never have for breakfast.
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I don't light a cigarette or drink coffee. Never! I prefer water with lemon and honey.
I drink water with lemon before breakfast.
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Sometimes I eat a millet porridge/groats with raisins or an oatmeal with raisins. I need to drink a green or an herbal tea every day to complement my water intake and other nutrients. Once in a while, I drink Ginger Coffee or Honey Indian Coffee. They taste great and may even bring some health benefits.
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In spring, I intend to go on the Budwig Diet Plan. I love the linseed oil. :-)
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Sometimes, in winter, I have scrambled or cooked eggs for breakfast. An egg is probably a healthy food, but until recently it was counter indicated because of some medical reports, and it was suspected that eating eggs may cause high cholesterol and heart disease. But it's a myth, in my opinion.
I eat a lot of eggs, and my total cholesterol level is less than 100 mg/dL.
For this reason, I once asked my GP a question whether this was normal. He said it was probably normal because of my special diet (he knows that I eat hardly any meat, and that I like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.)
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But in my entire life, for various reasons, I ate varied diets, and the level of my total cholesterol has always stayed low. This was so even when I was on a diet in which I ate a lot of meat, eggs, and fat!
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I would like to read reliable medical information on proper nutrition. However, contradictory Information often appears in medical journals. For this reason, I do not stick to only one diet. In this regard, I am like a man who prays to multiple gods, just in case. I want take every precaution to keep my body in shape for as long as possible.
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So far, most funds go toward synthesizing new drug candidates and then toward examining their physicochemical properties and biological activity (including animal tests). The selected successful drug candidates then undergo several phases of clinical research.
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Meanwhile, the effect of a diet on our health should be carefully examined. These tests are carried out, of course, but on a small scale.
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You can get the best advice on how to wisely take care of your body from people who have lived long lives. For this reason, I am learning foreign languages. In life, it is good to have a clearly defined goal, is it not? I hope to live long enough to be able to see and ask them.
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Have a nice weekend!
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I'm going to write a long text/essay/diatribe :P (it would only be a speech if you intend to deliver it to an audience, although perhaps you will one day, on a soap-box ;)))

or an oatmeal with raisins

I need to drink a green or an herbal tea every day

I love the linseed oil

on how to wisely take care of your body wisely [avoid split infinitive]

 I hope to live long enough to be able to see and ask them. [unclear to whom/what "them" refers.  The last thing is foreign languages!  And if it's the people, then why do you have to live long enough to ask them?  You can find old people to ask now.  I don't follow this last sentence]

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Hello Danya,

Thank you for new words and your explanation ;)

I have one only question, but I do not know how it is in English. :-) Maybe later I'll write it. ....

I will try now. I have a problem with this sentence: "I need to drink a green or an herbal tea every day"

Why did you erase "an"?

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Because it is unnecessary :)))

You need to drink a tea.  Beyond that you are just describing the tea.  So it's a green or herbal tea.  You could say "a green tea or a herbal tea".  But as you wrote it just sounds slightly strange.  It would be "a" not "an" in any case.

Now that I write about it, it sounds even nicer as "I need to drink a cup of green or herbal tea" :)

It's a very small point, and perhaps just how it sounds nicest to me :)).

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Danya, Thank you for a marvelous explanation!

I understand, that a focus goes into the word "tea", for this reason I can write only one "a".

"So it's a green or herbal tea."
"I need to drink a cup of green or herbal tea" Thanks!
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I have two queries to ask you:

1) "Now that I write about it" or "now that I am writing about it"

Are both sentences can be interchangeably used in our situation? Are both are correct?


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2) My nagging doubt about usage of the indefinite article before the word "herbal"

It's great that my teachers become from different countries and cultures.:-))))


I was searching and I found the answer by myself.
I wonder what other citizens think about that?
My results include only two countries: the United States and Great Britain.

It's all about the subtleties of sound. Language is music.

Some of the results I present below:

a) http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2009/09/herbal-remedies.html
 

"... If the word begins with a vowel SOUND, the article is “an” (as in “an apple,” “an hour,” “an honor,” “an herb,” “an umbrella”).

If the word begins with a consonant SOUND, the article is “a” (as in “a hotel,” “a house,” “a utopia,” “a unit,” “a university,” “a use,” “a European,” “a one-time offer,” “a once-over”).

In American English, the “h” in “herb” is not sounded; it is silent, so it’s preceded by “an.” In British English, the “h” in “herb” is sounded, so it’s preceded by “a.”

You say, “No other words with silent letters get singled out with such nonsense.” Of course they do! All words beginning with a silent “h” are preceded by “an.” ...

I’ll quote The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.): “The form a is used before a word beginning with a consonant sound, regardless of its spelling (a frog, a university). The form an is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound (an orange, an hour).”

And this is from The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage, edited by Robert H. Burchfield (who uses “AmE” for American English, “BrE” for British English): “AmE herb, being pronounced with silent h, is always preceded by an, but the same word in BrE, being pronounced with an aspirated h, by a.”

AmE an herbal tea
BrE a herbal tea

b) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbal#cite_note-1

^ The use of a or an depends on whether or not herbal is pronounced with a silent h.
 

c) http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-anh1.htm

"...The situation is complicated by a shift that has been taking place in the pronunciation of words with initial h over the past couple of centuries. At one time, many more were said with the h silent. This explains the appearance of an in old texts where we would now use a; the classic case is that of the King James Bible, where — to take the first example out of dozens — in Genesis the text reads “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years”. A good example is that of herb, which Americans today continue to say the way their English forefathers did, without the initial h. British English has moved on, and it is now thought uneducated for British speakers to say erb.

To complicate the matter, usage is shifting. Younger people prefer a more often in such cases in speech as well as writing. Forms like an hotel are heard from, and written by, older people in the main. I use an hotel consistently in both speech and writing, and count myself old-fashioned as a result. The form an heraldic you mention is by no means unknown, though it is less common than the others, but that may just be because we have less cause to use the phrase than ones like an hotel..."

 


d) http://www.thefreedictionary.com/herbal - pronunciation [wymowa]

 

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diatribe - http://vipdictionary.com/diatribe
http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatryba

 

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I understand, that a focus goes into the emphasis is on the word "tea" and, for this reason, I one can write only one "a".

I understand that the emphasis is on the word "tea" and, for this reason, one can write only one "a".


Are both sentences Can both sentences be used interchangeably used in our situation? Are both are correct?

Can both sentences be used interchangeably in our situation? Are both are correct?

Can I use these two sentences interchangeably?

Can I always use " ... " interchangeably with " ... " ?

Can these two sentences be used interchangeably?

Can these two sentences be used interchangeably or not?


I wonder what other citizens of other anglophone countries think about that?

I wonder what citizens of other anglophone countries think about that?
 

Some of the results can be found I present below:

Some of the results can be found below:

 


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MY NOTE

Now that:

http://www.isel.edu.pl/blog/wpis.php?nw=141

Myślę, że przydatne okaże się wyrażenie teraz gdy..., którego odpowiednikiem w języku angielskim jest now that... Zwróć uwagę, że w tym wyrażeniu występuje słowo that, a nie when, jak by mogło wynikać z dosłownego tłumaczenia.

Now that they live together they quarrel all the time.
Teraz gdy mieszkają razem, kłócą się cały czas.

Now that she's gone he can do what he wants.
Teraz gdy jej nie ma, może robić co chce.

He has a lot of time for his grandchildren now that he is retired.
Ma dużo czasu dla swoich wnuków, teraz gdy jest na emeryturze.

I'm feeling much better now that the temperature has dropped.
Czuję się dużo lepiej, teraz gdy temperatura spadła.

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1) "Now that I write about it" or "now that I am writing about it"

I could have used either.  But they don't mean exactly the same thing :)))

You seem good at answering your own questions, so I will give you a hint.  At the exact moment that that idea came into my head, was I writing? :)

2) You seem to have answered it.  If someone asked me if I wanted "an 'erbal tea", I think I would have to ask them to repeat the question :))))

 

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Danya,

However, imagine the situation where you are in a grocery store. You come in, look on the shelves, and you see several brands of every tea on earth. So, you have a decision to make. You need a green tea and perhaps a herbal tea, don't you. That is, you need one tea out of several possible to buy. What do you think?

I am also wondering about "the" linseed oil. Oil being innumerable, does not require "the" in front. But are there situations where "the" is required. I find many instances on the web with "the linseed oil" in them. In what sense is linseed oil used there?

Thanks again. :-)
B.

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Basia, you are getting very complicated.  Creating circumstance to try out new forms of convoluted sentences!

In that case I would go into the shop thinking:

I need some green tea and some herbal tea

or

I need a packet of green tea and a packet of herbal tea

For the linseed oil.  Then I imagine if the oil has already been referred to then you can use "the" with it.

e.g. Ingredients: linseed oil, pigments.  Take the pigments and the linseed oil

I worry you are trying to analyse too much.  Perhaps you can just notice and get a feel for it too?  I am sure there are exceptions and weird usages!

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Danya, Thank you for your patience and the explanation.
Yes, you're right. Language is Music. Music is emotion and feeling. Language is....
Heart and mind do not always go hand in hand.

 

"When at a conflict between the Mind and the Heart, always follow the heart"

"Bill Bryson, the greatest travel writer ever once said that the great part of being in a country with a new language is feeling like you are 4 years old again. You can’t understand what all the adults around you are saying. It’s tranquil bliss. As exciting as it can be, sometimes you need a break from misunderstanding, being misunderstood, and having to dedicate so much energy to deciphering directions."

I'm feeling like I'm four years old again.:-):-) I am a child again. Children can ask a lot of questions.
I learn by asking questions and receiving answers (back?). :-)
I learn by reflective observation and active experimentation.
Am I the difficult child?

Language is also a window on the mind
http://bigthink.com/ideas/24077

 

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I'm warning you. This is a very serious question for me. I'm going to write a long speech. Do you see it below this sentence? Do you see the forest -jungle? of written lines below this sentence?********************I love eating. I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.*****I will not say what I usually eat, because it changes every day, but I can tell you what I never have for breakfast.*****I don't light a cigarette or drink coffee. Never! I prefer water with lemon and honey.I drink water with lemon before breakfast.*****Sometimes I eat a millet porridge/groats with raisins or an oatmeal with raisins. I need to drink a green or a herbal tea every day to complement my water intake and other nutriments. Once in a while, I drink Ginger Coffee or Honey Indian Coffee. They taste great and may even bring some health benefits.*****In spring, I intend to go on the Budwig Diet Plan. I love the linseed oil. :-)*****Sometimes, in winter, I have scrambled or boiled eggs for breakfast. An egg is probably a healthy food, but until recently it was counter indicated because of some medical reports, and it was suspected that eating eggs may cause high cholesterol and heart disease. But it's a myth, in my opinion.I eat a lot of eggs, and my total cholesterol level is less than 100 mg/dL.For this reason, I once asked my GP a question whether this was normal. He said it was probably normal because of my special diet (he knows that I eat hardly any meat, and that I like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.)*****But in my entire life, for various reasons, I was on varied diets, and the level of my total cholesterol has always stayed low. This was so even when I was on a diet in which I ate a lot of meat, eggs, and fat!*****I would like to read reliable medical information on proper nutrition. However, contradictory Information often appears in medical journals. For this reason, I do not stick to only one diet. In this regard, I am like a man who prays to multiple gods, just in case. I want to take every precaution to keep my body in shape for as long as possible.*****So far, most funds go toward synthesizing new drug candidates and then toward examining their physicochemical properties and biological activities (including animal tests). The selected successful drug candidates then undergo several phases of clinical research.**********Meanwhile, the effect of a diet on our health should be carefully examined. These tests are carried out, of course, but on a small scale.*****You can get the best advice on how to wisely take care of your body from people who have lived long lives. For this reason, I am learning foreign languages. In life, it is good to have a clearly defined goal, is it not? I hope to live long enough to be able to see and ask them.*****************************Have a nice weekend!*****************************

excellent subject is well defined

have a long life....