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* 24 Food, Eating, Cooking


24.1�� When you are hungry


I'm hungry.�� Listen�� <�Do we have anything to eat? I am hungry.�>

I'm starved.�� Listen�� <�What�s for lunch? I am starved.�>

I'm famished.�� Listen�� <�Mother, can you give me some food? I am famished.�>

I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.�� Listen�� < �I am glad we stopped by this restaurant. I am so hungry I could eat a horse.�>

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24.2�� When you ask about a meal


What's for dinner?   Listen   AWhat is the food we are going to have?”   < – “We are having beef stew and garden salad tonight.”>

What's to eat?�� Listen�� < � �We have pizza for lunch.�>

What are we having?�� Listen�� < � �Would you like a pastrami sandwich or hotdogs?�>

When do we eat?�� Listen�� AAt what time is our meal?��� <�I like the smell from the kitchen. It whetted my appetite. When do we eat?�>

When will dinner be ready?�� Listen�� < � �The food is still cooking. Dinner will be ready in forty-five minutes.�>

What's for dessert?�� Listen�� < � �For dessert we have strawberries and chocolate ice cream.>

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24.3� �When you announce a meal


It's time to eat.   Listen   <“Come on, everybody. It’s time to eat.”>

Dinner is ready.�� Listen�� AThe table is set. It�s time to eat dinner.��� <�Dinner is ready. Let�s eat!�>

Dinner is served.�� Listen�� <�Dinner is served�, announced the butler, and the guests took their places at the magnificent table.>

Dinner is almost ready.�� Listen�� <�Everybody, dinner is almost ready. Wash your hands and go to the dining room.�>

Soup's on!�� Listen�� <�Soup�s on! Have you heard me? Soup�s on!�>

It's almost done.�� Listen�� <�Everybody, take your seats at the table. It�s almost done.�>

It will be on the table in a minute.�� Listen�� <�Haven�t you washed your hands yet? It will be on the table in a minute.�>

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24.4�� When you ask a family member to announce a meal


Call the family to dinner.�� Listen�� <�It�s time to eat. Call the family to dinner.�>

Go tell everyone dinner�s ready.�� Listen�� <�The food is almost done. Go tell everyone dinner is ready.�>

Call everyone to the table.�� Listen�� <�Billy, dinner is almost ready. Call everyone to the table.�>

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24.5�� When you offer a person a small portion of food


Would you like a taste?�� Listen�� <�It smells delicious.� � �Would you like a taste?�>

Would you like a sip?�� Listen�� <�What kind of beverage is this? � �This is fruit lemonade. Would you like a sip?�>

How about a small bite?�� Listen�� <�What are you eating?� � �Pepperoni pizza. It�s very good. How about a small bite?�>

Grab a bite.�� Listen�� <�Grab a bite. It�s delectable!�>

Try some.�� Listen�� <�How does it taste?� � �Try some.�>

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24.6�� When you ask about blessings of the food


Who wants to say grace?�� Listen�� <The father looked at the children and asked, �Who wants to say grace?�>

Shall we say grace?�� Listen�� <When we all gathered at the table, granny asked, �Shall we say grace?�>

Would you say grace?�� Listen�� <Grandfather looked at me and asked, �Would you say grace?�>

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24.7�� When you invite others to start eating


Dig in!�� Listen�� AStart eating your meal!��� <�This food smells good!� � �It certainly does. Dig in!�>

Enjoy your meal!   Listen   AEat your meal and I hope you will enjoy it.”   <“Oh, this food looks inviting!” – “Enjoy your meal!”>

Enjoy!�� Listen�� <�Here is your breakfast, dear. Enjoy!�>

Help yourself.�� Listen�� ATake whatever you want.��� <When I came to the kitchen, there were several dishes on the table. The hostess told me, �Help yourself.�>

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24.8�� When you want to tell the taste of food (good or bad)


That tastes great!�� Listen�� <�Would you care for another scoop of vanilla ice cream?� � �Yes! That tastes great!�>

Delicious!�� Listen�� <�How do you like this food?� � �Delicious!�>

My mouth is watering.�� Listen�� ASaliva is being secreted intensely in my mouth. This food is tasteful.��� <�The steak is soft and tender. My mouth is watering.�>

It melts in your mouth.�� Listen�� AIt is soft and tasty.��� (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)�� <�That angel food cake is great. It melts in your mouth.�>

It�s out of this world.�� Listen�� AIt is very good.��� <�May I take another piece of your pudding? It�s out of this world.�>

That tastes terrible.�� Listen�� <�I tried to drink tap water. I couldn�t.� � �Indeed, that tastes terrible.�>

That turns my stomach.�� Listen�� AThat upsets my stomach.��� <�How can you eat that food? That turns my stomach.�>

That's just awful!�� Listen�� <�Did you try their spicy noodle?� � �Oh, that dish is just awful. I couldn�t eat it.� � �You see, there is no accounting for taste. I like it.�>

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24.9�� When you talk about a second serving


Would you like some more of this?   Listen   <“What a delicious cake!” – “Would you like some more of this?” – “Well, I’ve had too much already. OK, maybe I can manage a small piece.”>

Have some more.   Listen   APlease take some more food.”   <“This cherry pie is great!” – “Have some more, please. You’ve hardly had any.” – “No, thank you. I’m on a diet.”>

Is there any more of this?   Listen   <“I really like your cooking. Is there any more of this?” – “Here you are.”>

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24.10�� When you want to leave the table early


Do you mind if I leave the table?�� Listen�� <�I have much work to do tonight. Do you mind if I leave the table?�>

May I please leave the table?�� Listen�� (used with can or may or could)�� < � �You are excused.�>

Would you excuse me?�� Listen�� A �I have to go now. Would you give me permission to leave the table?��� (used with would or could or will)�� <�Would you excuse me, please? I really must leave now.�>

May I be excused?�� Listen�� (used with can or may or could)�� <Little Johnny said, �I�ve finished my breakfast. May I be excused?�>

I'll have to excuse myself.�� Listen�� <�I need to go home now. I�ll have to excuse myself.�>

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