19 Everyday Conversational Expressions Going for a Drink, Eating Out p.3


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* 19 Going for a Drink, Eating Out (p.3 of 3)


19.13 When you are not ready to order in a restaurant


I'm not ready to order yet.   Listen   <“Do you know what you want?” – “No. I’m not ready to order yet. May I have a few more minutes to decide?”>

I haven't decided what I want yet. Listen <Are you ready to order? No. I havent decided what I want yet.>

I need a few more minutes to decide.   Listen   <“Can I take your order now?” – “I need a few more minutes to decide.”>

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19.14 When you are ready to order in a restaurant


I'm ready to order. Listen < Ill take your order in a minute.>

Can you take my order now? Listen < Ill be back in a minute.>

Can I order now? Listen < Ill be right with you.>

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19.15 When you inquire your dining partner about their ordering plans


What are you ordering? Listen A What food are you planning to order? < Im ordering a bowl of soup and a beef sandwich.>

What are you having? Listen < Ill have a steak with a small salad.>

What are you drinking? Listen A What drink are you planning to order? < Im drinking a glass of red wine with my meal and then a cup of coffee with my desert.>

Have you decided on something?   Listen   < – “I think I’ll take lamb chops.”>

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19.16 When you ask a waiter about restaurant specials


Do you have any specials today? Listen < The specials are listed on the back of the menu.>

What are your specials today? Listen < Let me tell you about our specials.>

What is the special of the day? Listen < The special of the day is fried salmon with white rice and steamed vegetables.>

What would you suggest? Listen < Pork chops with red wine is very good.>

What would you recommend? Listen < Shrimp cocktail is good for starters.>

Do you have any recommendations? Listen < I would recommend lobster bisque and crab cakes made from the local variety of crab.>

What's the soup of the day? Listen < Our soup of the day is chicken noodle soup.>

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19.17 When you give instructions how your steak is to be cooked in a restaurant


I'd like my steak rare.   Listen   <“How would you like your steak prepared?” – “I would like my steak rare.” – “Excellent choice!”>

I'd like my steak medium. Listen <How would you like your steak? Id like my steak medium.>

I'd like my steak well-done. Listen <How would you like that done? Id like my steak well-done.>

Can I get it well-done? Listen < Sure. Would you like soup or salad with it?>

Please make sure it's well-done. Listen < Yes, I will. Would you like a baked potato or rice with it?>

I want the steak thoroughly cooked. Listen < I will make sure of it. What kind of dressing would you like on your salad? We have Italian, Ranch, and Blue Cheese.>

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19.18 When you order an additional serving in a restaurant


I need more water. Listen <Oh, waiter! I need more water. Sure. Is there anything else I can get for you?>

I need more bread. Listen <Maam! I need more bread.>

I need more coffee. Listen <Pardon me! I need more coffee.>

I need more butter. Listen <Excuse me! I need more butter.>

May I have some more bread, please? Listen (used with can or may or could) <Miss! Can I have some more bread, please? Oh, sure! Is there anything else?>

Could I have more coffee, please? Listen (used with can or may or could) < Just a moment.>

Could I have some more butter, please? Listen (used with can or may or could) < Ill be right there.>

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19.19 When you ask for a bill in a restaurant


I'd like the bill, please. Listen A I would like to receive the bill for my food and drink. <The waiter asked, How was your dinner? Jane replied, It was really good. Id like the bill, please.>

Check, please. Listen <After Bob had finished his dessert, he said, Check, please.>

Could I have the bill? Listen (used with can or may or could) <Waiter! Can I have the bill?>

Could I have the check? Listen (used with can or may or could) <Did you enjoy your meal? Yes, it was great. Could I have the check?>

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19.20 When you want to pay for the meals or drinks of your friends


I'm buying the dinner. Listen <Jim told me, I am buying the dinner.>

The dinner is on me. Listen A I am paying the bill for the dinner. <John grabbed the check and told his friends at the table, The dinner is on me.>

I'm buying the drinks. Listen <I am buying the drinks. Thank you, dear friend. Its so nice of you.>

The drinks are on me. Listen A I am paying for the drinks. <Guys, the drinks are on me, said Bill at the end of the dinner.>

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19.21 When you want each person to pay for their meals or drinks


Let's go Dutch. Listen A Let us split the cost of our meal so that everyone pays for his or her own expenses. <After the dinner my girlfriend told me, Lets go Dutch.>



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