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    I wonder if there is subtle difference between "1" and "2".
    1. Please eat before it gets cold.
    2. Please go ahead and eat before it gets cold.

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    Default Re: go ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is subtle difference between "1" and "2".
    1. Please eat before it gets cold. We're both sitting at the table, but you are not eating. Therefore, I'm telling you not to wait any longer, or else the food will get cold.
    2. Please go ahead and eat before it gets cold. We're waiting for somebody else to come by for lunch/dinner. This person is late, and you are in a rush/starving. I am telling you go ahead and eat: don't worry, I'll wait for this person, because we're not in a rush.
    Hi Wow,

    This is what your sentences suggest me. There may be corrections/clarifications from native speakers.

    Hope it helps.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Default Re: go ahead

    I agree with Charliedeut.

    One might tell a child at a table to "eat it before it gets cold" if they are just sitting there staring at their food, or perhaps outside playing "come and eat before it gets cold" but when there are others waiting to be served in a restaurant, for example, the one waiting would politely insist to the one already served, "Please go ahead and eat..."

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