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I had breakfast with him.

Let us say that I have breakfast with him 2 or three times.

Would you write the following?

I had breakfasts with him.

The reason to ask this question is I watched a program, on Spanish TV, called 'Los desayunos'. This program discusses questions related to politics.

Of course, you could say I had breakfast with him twice.

The question is whether it would be correct to say 'I had breakfasts with him'.

[ By the way, I have a smattering of Spanish too.]
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First, I think it should be
I have had breakfast
except in special contexts which would specififically call for a past tense, as in:
I had breakfast with him three years ago.

I have had breakfasts
isn't idiomatical, IMO, and this is confirmed by:
"I have had breakfast" - 800 hits at Yahoo
"I have had breakfasts" - 34 hits at Yahoo
(using the quotation marks is very important at Yahoo)
Thanks Marius

I beg to differ.

I have had breakfast is a sentence of the present perfect tense. [ I may be wrong.]

If you had breakfast yesterday, two days ago or 3 years ago, you wouldn't write it.

If I just finshed breakfast with a person, I would write ' I have had breakfast with him/her.'.
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Hi Rotter,

Keep breakfast in the singular.

"I'm sorry Jim is leaving the department. We really got along well. We had breakfast together before work maybe three or four times. He's a nice guy."

Simple past is fine. You don't need to show it's relationship in time to anything in particular.

Edited: If you were looking at a vacation package, you might see that it comes with three night lodging, two dinners, and three breaksfasts. That's one time you might find it in the plural.

And I repeat the caution about "just because you find it on Google or Yahoo, it does not mean it's correct." Look up "...and me went" and you'll get tons of hits despite the fact that it is utterly ungrammatical.
Additionally, e.g.

1. I had several working breakfasts with him.

where "breakfast" is part of a special phrase.

MrP
Thanks Grammar Geek

So the words breakfasts, dinners and lunches exist too.

As you mentioned, I will never agree with Google or Yahoo statistics. People write rubbish. In statistics, everything is involved.

I would listen to a native speaker of English. Not Google or Yahoo.
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Mr Pedantic

Would write 'I had several working lunches with him'?
RotterSo the words breakfasts, dinners and lunches exist too.
Of course they exist and are used correctly in some circumstances.

But see what GG says: keep breakfast in have breakfast mainly in the singular, if you don't want to insist on their multitude/plurality.
Rotter I have had breakfast is a sentence of the present perfect tense. [ I may be wrong.]

If you had breakfast yesterday, two days ago or 3 years ago, you wouldn't write it.

No, you're not wrong, the first sentence is present perfect.

Whenever you indicate a specific time in the past (as in your 2nd sentence here), of course you should use the simple past as a preference.

But whenever the past experience may be connected to the present in some way or shape, I would use the present perfect. And I felt your original example falls into this category, because you're basically saying that leading up to the present time you've had twice breakfast with him. Now, that was my reading, and it may be that others will do it differently.
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