Let's go have a lunch.

Let's go have lunch.

Is there a difference between these two sentences in terms of what they imply?

Can "have lunch" and "have a lunch" be used interchangeably in any sentence? If not, can you provide some examples?

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  • @FumbleFingers The link says 'a dinner' is an event rather than the meal itself. If that is the case, does 'Let's go have a lunch' make a sense?
    – Xfce4
    Aug 22, 2021 at 17:45
  • No, it doesn't usually make much sense to use the article with lunch. As you can see from this NGram, where Let's have a lunch together (with article) is too rare to even show on the chart. It's not inherently invalid though... Aug 22, 2021 at 17:50
  • ...it would be perfectly natural to include the article in a context like We should have a working lunch together sometime next week. Aug 22, 2021 at 17:52
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    @FumbleFingers Yeah, I think it is because that lunch is a special one.
    – Xfce4
    Aug 22, 2021 at 17:55

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  • Let's go have lunch, John.
  • Great, let's go now.

idioms: have lunch, have breakfast, have tea, have dinner, have supper

  • I'm organizing a lunch for Mary, John. Will you be able to attend?
  • Yes, I'd love to come to a lunch for Mary.
  • I was planning a cocktail party, but your idea of a lunch is better.

idiomatic expression of an eating [ha ha] event: a lunch, a dinner, a tea, a supper

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