I just talked with a friend about my routine, I said

On the way to subway station, I buy some bread as my breakfast and have it on the subway because I'm so busy that I don't have time to eat, neither at home nor at work.

An alternative might be

... I buy some bread as my breakfast and eat it ...

Which one is more common? Are there any other ways more natural that could be used there to convey the idea?

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When you buy things, you might have a purpose in mind for which they would be used.

It would be more natural to say:

On the way to the subway station, I buy some bread for my breakfast.

or simply

On the way to the subway station, I buy some bread for breakfast.

It is understood that it is your breakfast so you don't have to modify it with "my".

It is usual to say have breakfast. One doesn't say usually say have bread such as "have bread on the subway", but one would say 'have bread for breakfast'. It is more usual to have a soda or a drink, but one doesn't say "have a bread". One usually eats bread.

Breakfast does somewhat imply sitting down for a meal. In the context that you are describing, I wouldn't say you are having breakfast, but rather, wolfing down breakfast as is common in the American way.

It is correct point out it is natural to use a construction like "I have bread all the time." or "I have bread everyday." or "I have bread in the refrigerator." Sitting at a table, it seems natural to ask a guest "Would you care for some bread?" Or "Have a slice of bread?"

  • You can "have bread for breakfast".
    – The Photon
    Jul 8, 2020 at 3:59
  • I think the answer misses the point that the friend has it on the subway because s/he's so busy. And yes, in context, it sounds perfectly natural. Jul 8, 2020 at 8:32
  • I have bread all the time. That's a perfectly natural thing to say - and no more or less natural than having a soda/drink.
    – TypeIA
    Jul 8, 2020 at 9:14

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