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    Suppose I call home to tell my mom I will be home late, but I will still have dinner at home.

    Do I say: Reserve some food for me, or save some food for me?

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    Save, definitely.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: reserve/save

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Save, definitely.
    Is there any occasion when we can say 'to reserve some food', or that phrase has a totally different meaning?

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    Default Re: reserve/save

    If you are making a cake, for example, and the recipe calls for 1 cup of mini-chocolate chips, you may see something like "Add 3/4 of the mini-chips to the batter. Reserve the remaining 1/4 cup for the frosting."

    You keep food stores "in reserve" in case you are expecting a bad storm.

    But to simply ask you mom to not let your brother eat your share, it's "save some for me, please."

    You'd sound oddly formal if you said "Mother, kindly keep a portion of dinner in reserve for me pending my late arrival home." You'd be correct, but absurd.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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