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Is there any difference between

I am not having a lunch tomorrow.


I am not having lunch tomorrow.

This is a follow up question of : About the use of future tense.

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Lunch is mainly contributed on eating meals in afternoon session. – user66337 Feb 19 '14 at 7:40
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"A lunch" in your example (in a business context, anyway) would generally mean "a lunch meeting". In other words, "I am not scheduled to meet anyone for lunch tomorrow."

"Lunch", by contrast, would simply refer to the meal, or the food you eat in the middle of the day. So: "I'm not going to eat anything tomorrow between morning and evening."

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Thanks for your kind assistance... – Stanley May 22 '11 at 20:29
@MT_Head: Absolutely. You'd wouldn't just stay in the office and have a lunch on your own. – FumbleFingers May 22 '11 at 20:31
@FumbleFingers - Strangely, the following constructions are used interchangeably: "Bob, are you coming to lunch with us?" 1) "No, I brought lunch from home." 2) "No, I brought a lunch from home." 3) "No, I brought my lunch." – MT_Head May 22 '11 at 20:48
@MT_Head: You're positively on fire today! I think those three are really just matters of style. I don't much like the third one - but that's probably just because I know Bob often has baloney, which I'm not partial to! – FumbleFingers May 22 '11 at 20:59
How's this for a rule of thumb: in a social context, the inclusion of "a" changes lunch from a meal to an event (meeting, party); in a personal context, it changes lunch from a concept (food) to a concrete object (brown bag, bento box). – MT_Head May 23 '11 at 2:59

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