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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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