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    Default Can I take your plate?

    1. If a waiter approaches the customer after he has finished eating.

    Waiter: Can I take your plate?
    Customer: Yes, you can take it.

    Is it correct to use "take away'?

    2. If a customer hasn't finished eating, the waiter wants to take away his plate.

    Customer: Waiter, please don't take away my plate.

    Is it correct to leave out "away'?

    3. If we have finished eating, I ask our domestic help to take away our plates. Which of the following sentence is correct?

    I. Please take the plates.
    II. Please take away the plates.


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    Default Re: Can I take your plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. If a waiter approaches the customer after he has finished eating:

    Waiter: Can I take your plate?
    Customer: Yes, you can take it.

    Is it correct to use "take away'? Yes — or just say 'Yes (you can)'.

    2. If a customer hasn't finished eating and the waiter wants to take away his plate:

    Customer: Waiter, please don't take away my plate.

    Is it correct to leave out "away'? Yes.

    3. If we have finished eating, I ask our domestic help to take away our plates. Which of the following sentence is correct?

    I. Please take the plates.
    II. Please take away the plates.
    Rover

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    Default Re: Can I take your plate?

    If you're asked "Can I take your plate?" and you haven't finished eating, you can also say "No, I haven't finished [yet]".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can I take your plate?

    ...or whatever explanation is appropriate. For example, if there's a buffet, and the waiter - seeing your plate is empty - asks 'Can I take your plate', your response might be 'No thanks - I'm just thinking whether to go and get a refill'.

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    Default Re: Can I take your plate?

    At its simplest, if you're asked "Can/Shall I take your plate?", all you really have to say is "Yes please." or "No thanks".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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