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    Default How does this sentence sound?

    - I was already eating my dinner when my daughter came along and I had to rustled up some for her as well.

    Does it sound well? Are the verbs used correctly?

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    "Rustle up some." Or, better, "rustle some up."

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    - I was already eating my dinner when my daughter came along and I had to rustled up some for her as well.

    Does it sound well? Are the verbs used correctly?

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    (1) It's only a personal thing, but I would not use "rustle up." That slang term

    reminds me of cowboy movies: "Well, partner, it's time I rustle up some grub for

    you and me."

    (2) I prefer another slang term:

    My daughter has unexpectantly called to tell me she's coming over for

    dinner. It's too late to go shopping, so I'll have to whip up something with what

    I find in the fridge. (Of course, in real life, I would just call out for food. Many busy

    Americans regularly call restaurants to deliver food to their homes.)

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    (1) It's only a personal thing, but I would not use "rustle up." That slang term

    reminds me of cowboy movies: "Well, partner, it's time I rustle up some grub for

    you and me."

    (2) I prefer another slang term:

    My daughter has unexpectantly called to tell me she's coming over for

    dinner. It's too late to go shopping, so I'll have to whip up something with what

    I find in the fridge. (Of course, in real life, I would just call out for food. Many busy

    Americans regularly call restaurants to deliver food to their homes.)
    Thanks so much for your suggestion, but I've got a question...doesn't "to whip up" refer to, for example, a cream or something like this? Why do you think it's suitable for other kind of food, and in this case, for a generic topic (to whip up something)? What would it be the difference between "to whip up" and "to rustle up"? I did not catch it...

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    You can indeed 'whip (up)' cream. You can also whip up a quick meal, as TheParser said. 'Whipping up' suggests to me a speedier preparation than 'rustling up'.

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You can indeed 'whip (up)' cream. You can also whip up a quick meal, as TheParser said. 'Whipping up' suggests to me a speedier preparation than 'rustling up'.
    Got it! But are they usually used in different contexts or are they both good to speak about food (even if with some differences in meaning)?

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    Default Re: How does this sentence sound?

    They're both good. Or even "to whip something together." "Rustle" does evoke images of cowboys, as The Parser already said.

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