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    Steerwheel is offline Newbie
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    Default There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Hello everybody!

    Explain me this sentance, please:

    I see seven settings of silver
    for a six-course meal.
    I said, "This meal is going to be over.
    There's going to be a fork just sitting there."

    I can assume that "This meal is going to be over" means this meal would be eaten too fast."
    But what about a fork?


    P.S. This is a quote from "Dharma & Greg" sitcom.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Look at the numbers. It has nothing to do with the speed of eating. If you have 6 courses of food and 7 settings of silverware, then there is one more set of silverware then you need. After you eat 6 courses, there will still be silverware left on the table. A fork just sitting there.

    (In a formal dinner, the silverware is arranged on the outside of the plate area. You use the silverware on the outside for each course and that silverware is collected with the dishes when the course is done. Then you use the next set of silverware on the outside for the next course, etc.)

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Oh, thanx a lot.

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Please try to avoid textspeak/Chatlish on the forum. It can be very confusing for beginners who are still learning how to spell in English. Use "thanks" not "thanx".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Note that in BE we say 'cutlery' instead of 'silverware'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    Though in my version of BE, we can use 'silverware' for the posh cutlery that's only used on special occasions.

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    Default Re: There's going to be a fork just sitting there

    I have only silverware in my house. Polishing it keeps the servants busy.

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