Should I say by coffee, at coffee or on coffee? What preposition should we use before coffee, lunch, tea, dinner? Example:

Let's meet up by coffee.

meaning I want to meet up with you at a cafe and drink coffee together.


"By" gives method (travel by train), it can also be used to give location (by the statue)

"at" and "on" give location or time. (let's meet at 5:00, on Oxford street)

You want to give purpose, and the preposition that gives purpose is "for"

Let's meet for coffee.

(Drinking) coffee is the purpose of our meeting

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    Wow, what if the purpose of meeting is not only coffee, but the main purpose is e.g. discussing a project? Does Let's meet for coffee and discuss the project. express what I have in mind? – banan3'14 Apr 19 '19 at 16:48
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    That is perfect. – James K Apr 19 '19 at 16:49
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    I would add that if the purpose of your meeting is described only with a verb phrase, e.g. "discuss the project", then the words to use are "to" or "and": "Let's meet (at the cafe) to discuss the project" "Let's meet (at the cafe) and discuss the project" – Elininja Apr 19 '19 at 21:17
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    @Elininja there are subtle differences between those statements that affect their meaning: "Let's meet for coffee to discuss the project" implies that the purpose of the meeting is discussion of the project, while "Let's meet for coffee and discuss the project" implies "meeting for coffee" and "discussing the project" are activities that coincide, but are not causally connected. – asgallant Apr 19 '19 at 21:46
  • Thanks for pointing that out, that kind of nuance can be tricky even for native speakers. – Elininja Apr 19 '19 at 21:54

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