I need to create a questionnaire. I have a question with double-choice answer "YES/NO". I want the interviewee to answer:

  • Yes: if the interviewee is currently having lunch or the user has already had lunch

  • No: if the interviewee hasn't had lunch yet

A possible question might be: "Did you start your lunch yet?"

Did you think the question would be appropriate and grammatically correct? Would you use another expression? I want the most concise question possible (ideally no subordinates), and I also want it to be clear. Please note that the interviewees would be American not British.

I think other expressions such as "Have you had your lunch yet?" are not completely correct given my requirements.


  • Have you had, or are you currently having lunch? Apr 9, 2020 at 8:32

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I am not quite sure from your question exactly what information you want. However, these are some possibilities:

  • "Are you eating lunch right now?" = are you in the process of eating lunch at this moment, while you are answering this question?

  • "Are you having lunch?" = somewhat ambiguous; it could mean "Are you eating lunch right now?" or it could mean, "Are you going to have lunch [later] today?" Therefore, you would need to add a time, such as, "Are you having lunch now?" or "Are you having lunch later today?"

  • "Have you eaten lunch?" or "Have you had lunch today?" = did you eat lunch today (before this moment)?

  • I want to ask the interviewee if he/she has already started to eat his/her lunch Apr 9, 2020 at 16:15
  • In that case, I would probably just ask them, "Have you started eating your lunch?"
    – SarahT
    Apr 9, 2020 at 17:54

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