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    Default day vs date

    A: Good afternoon, Great Western Restaurant.
    This is Steven. How may I help you?
    B: I would like to make a reservation.
    A: Certainly, Madam. For what __ ?
    B: September 8
    A) date B) day C) month D) week
    Ans:(B)
    What's wrong with option A?

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    Default Re: day vs date

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    A: Good afternoon, Great Western Restaurant.
    This is Steven. How may I help you?
    B: I would like to make a reservation.
    A: Certainly, Madam. For what __ ?
    B: September 8
    A) date B) day C) month D) week
    Ans:(B)
    What's wrong with option A?
    No; it's what I'd expect. This is a bad question, as A and B are both possible; C is also possible, if unlikely, and D is not impossible.
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Feb-2012 at 16:16. Reason: spacing

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    Default Re: day vs date

    I think "day" is the best option because people don't tend to book restaurants weeks or months in advance. (I realize this happens in some "trendy" places, but I am speaking of normal life.)

    So it is more natural that someone would ask for a reservation for this Friday or Tuesday or tomorrow. Rather than saying "the 12th" or "the 15th."

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    Default Re: day vs date

    If I'm going to a restaurant which requires booking, I would normally try to book it over a week in advance (I can assure you I don't go to trendy restaurants!)

    I would always book by giving the date and the month.

    "I'd like to book a table for six for February 18th please." I might even mention the day of the week just in case of errors. "... for Friday February 18th please."

    Returning to the original question though, both A and B are equally likely but given that the reply is "September 8th" I would choose A. Had the response been "For next Tuesday", I would have chosen B.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 11-Feb-2012 at 18:16. Reason: Mixed up A and B. Fixed.

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