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Hi. I just would like to ask whether native English speakers use the following expression:

We wish you a pleasant pastime!

Thanks.

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No, we don't say that.

Can you say it another way, please, so that I can understand what you mean. Perhaps I can suggest some suitable English expression.

Clive

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CliveCan you say it another way, please

Have a good time or Enjoy yourself, but with wish.

Have a good time or Enjoy yourself. These things are commonly said in casual conversation, but not with wish.

Here are some we say with 'wish'.

eg

I wish you a happy retirement.

I wish you all the best.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

Clive

CliveThese things are commonly said in casual conversation, but not with wish

So, there are no ways to wish a pleasant pastime (leisure-time) in general more formally, aren't there?

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A pastime is a recreational activity or hobby.

eg Gardening, eg stamp collecting, eg playing tennis.

We say eg Enjoy your stamp collecting. but not with wish.

On what kind of occasion do you want to say this? eg at someone's retirement dinner, where you may never see the person again? Or when work finishes on Friday and you will see the person again on Monday morning?

Clive

CliveOn what kind of occasion do you want to say this?

In the context of an abstract recommendation/review on a website. The main purport, as I understood, is that, in English, one cannot wish to enjoy a recreational activity in general terms but only something specific.

That's a good way to put it.


While you are considering 'wish', you might also like to look at hope. They are often taught together, ie in the same lesson.

Clive

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