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Appetite

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:28 pm
by Stevenloan
Hi everybody! In this situation, the sister and the brother are sitting having dinner together, then suddenly the brother brings something up that irritates the sister. I use "I lost my appetite" in this case to mean "I don't want to eat anymore because my mouth doesn't feel delicious when eating". Is the sentence "I lost my appetite" used correctly here?

Sister: Why do you keep talking about this?
Brother: Because this is your fault.
Sister: (stands up and says) I lost my appetite. (and leaves)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan

Re: Appetite

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:07 pm
by Erik_Kowal
In this context, it doesn't necessarily mean that the speaker is no longer hungry (although it might mean that as well). It's an indirect way of saying that the atmosphere of the occasion has now become too unpleasant for her to stay in the room.

Re: Appetite

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:21 pm
by Bobinwales
I think that she would be more likely to say, "I've lost my appetite!".
If the brother had asked, "Why are you going?" she might well have replied, "I lost my appetite!".

Re: Appetite

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:17 am
by Stevenloan
Erik and Bob: Thank you two very very much.