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"I take my coffee black" and "I drink black coffee" Do the two sentences have almost the same meaning?
May 23, 2018 1:53 PM
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Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!
May 23, 2018

I think that in response to the question, "How do you like your coffee?" the natural response is "I take my coffee black." It would sound odd to say "I drink black coffee" in response to such a question, because it sounds like you're talking about something you do habitually - so, not really answering the question - instead of stating your preference. 

If the question were, "Do you drink black coffee?", then "I (do) drink black coffee." would make sense, because the person is inquiring about whether you drink black coffee or not.

May 23, 2018
Although the two expressions sound the same, their meanings are slightly different.  "I drink black coffee" does not exclude the possibility that I also drink it sometimes with cream or sometimes with milk. Alternatively, when I say, "I take my coffee black," I'm implying this is the only way I drink it - no cream, no milk.  Never.  See the difference? Now, having said this, understand that the second phrase is a more casual way of telling someone how you prefer your coffee. Whether it's slang or proper is up to an expert linguist to decide.  Hope this helps.
May 23, 2018