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    I want to go with the lemon sole

    Hi.
    I've heard that was spoken by a man having dinner at restaurant:
    I want to go with the lemon sole.

    1. What is the meaning of go in that context? Is it like start?
    2. A word lemon sole was mentioned twice in the conversation but the waiter didn't heard that, and that's why I think the Undefinite Article should be used instead. Am I correct?

    I would be grateful if you dear teachers would highlight my mistakes in the post.

    Thank you, for yor reply.

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi.
    I've heard that was spoken by a man having dinner at restaurant:
    I want to go with the lemon sole.

    1. What is the meaning of go in that context? Is it like start?
    2. A word lemon sole was mentioned twice in the conversation but the waiter didn't heard that, and that's why I think the Undefinite Article should be used instead. Am I correct?

    I would be grateful if you dear teachers would highlight my mistakes in the post.

    Thank you, for yor reply.
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    go with = choose
    lemon sole = lemon flavour sole (a kind of fish)

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    go with = choose
    lemon sole = lemon flavour sole (a kind of fish)
    Good try, engee.

    go with = choose

    However:

    Lemon sole is a misnomer since it's neither a real sole, nor does it taste of lemon. It's actually a flounder (the family that includes plaice and turbot). It has delicate, sweet white flesh and is best cooked simply, either grilled or fried, and served with a light sauce.
    (BBC Food Ingredients Board)

    Rover

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    Thumbs up Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    But for your cited note, I would have never got to know that and had to live in ignorance of that fact.

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    2. A word lemon sole was mentioned twice in the conversation but the waiter didn't heard that, and that's why I think the Undefinite Article should be used instead. Am I correct?
    It doesn't matter if the waiter heard or not, the customer wants the lemon sole that is listed on the menu (specific), not just some random lemon sole.

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Hadn't he looked at the menu, would he have said I want to go with a/some lemon sole, right?

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hadn't he looked at the menu, would he have said I want to go with a/some lemon sole, right?
    He would have said

    customer: Do you have sole (used here to refer to sole in general; zero article)
    waiter: Yes we have delicious lemon sole.
    customer: Great, I'll have the sole. (the sole you have)

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hadn't he looked at the menu, Had he not looked...
    Contraction is not possible in this construction.

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    He would have said

    customer: Do you have any sole (used here to refer to sole in general; zero article)
    waiter: Yes we have delicious lemon sole.
    customer: Great, I'll have the sole. (the sole you have)
    I think we can go like you said if sole is an uncountable noun, but then we need any before it. If sole is a countable noun we can't leave it without an article on the top line, can we?
    Please, comment on that.

    P.S. There's another issue: I'm not sure about the question part in the conditional sentence I used before. Is it right? Could you please judge.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by AlexAD; 02-Apr-2011 at 12:54.

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    Re: I want to go with the lemon sole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I think we can go like you said if sole is an uncountable noun, but then we need any before it. If sole is a countable noun we can't leave it without an article on the top line, can we?
    Please, comment on that.

    P.S. There's another issue: I'm not sure about the question part in the conditional sentence I used before. Is it right? Could you please judge.
    Thank you.
    You can use "any" there, but it's not required.

    Sole here is an uncountable noun.

    Sole: fish that lives in the sea < countable
    Sole: fish that we eat as food < uncountable

    Your sentence above looks good to me with fivejedjon's correction.

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