Is the following sentence correct?

I did not breakfast today

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

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  • You probably shouldn't try to verb breakfast. – tchrist Mar 24 at 16:11

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.

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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 google.com/… – Mari-Lou A Mar 21 at 8:12
  • RIght, it is marked as literary today. That said, if you enjoy peppering your speech with old-fangled things, it works fine. – Lambie Mar 24 at 16:19

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?


Where will you be taking supper this evening?


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”.

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