Is "I did not breakfast today" correct?

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Is the following sentence correct?

I did not breakfast today

Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.

Jesse Obrien

Posted 2019-03-21T04:11:12.927

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You probably shouldn't try to verb breakfast. – tchrist – 2019-03-24T16:11:50.900

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Not really. Yes it comes from a verb, but it has long since been reanalysed as a noun. If you read old novels you might find it used as a verb, as in they breakfasted on sweetmeats and gruel or they were hungry, not having breakfasted, but I think it's fair to say that use is now obsolete. If you hear it, you can be pretty sure there's some kind of joke / olde-worlde role play going on - so you could say it's no longer correct, or you could say it is correct but archaic.

user96060

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Far from being obsolete, the past tense "breakfasted" is quite common. *In July, 2009, Obama went to Moscow, where he breakfasted on caviar…* See link https://www.google.com/search?q=%22breakfasted%22&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjT6L295JLhAhXB0aQKHcnqC6QQ_AUIESgE&biw=1316&bih=647

– Mari-Lou A – 2019-03-21T08:12:19.433

RIght, it is marked as literary today. That said, if you enjoy peppering your speech with old-fangled things, it works fine. – Lambie – 2019-03-24T16:19:13.687

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It is more commonly said to have or eat breakfast. A lesser used, though perfectly acceptable verb is to take, as in the phrase:

What time would you like to take lunch?

or

Where will you be taking supper this evening?

andersj

Posted 2019-03-21T04:11:12.927

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There is some use of breakfast like that in what I would call formal English (ie. “Where would you like to breakfast/lunch etc. today?”), but generally no. You would commonly say “I did not have breakfast today”, or “I missed breakfast”.

Or as pointed out in a comment, as a formal use in past tense. That use is uncommon outside of a newspaper and in less formal English would probably be replaced with the word “eat” or “ate”. “They ate cavier”.

LoganRoku

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