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    Are both the following sentences correct?

    I'll have salad.
    I'll take salad.


    By the way, should I put 'a' before the word 'salad'? :)

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    Default Re: restaurants - ordering food

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    Are both the following sentences correct?

    I'll have salad.
    I'll take salad.


    By the way, should I put 'a' before the word 'salad'? :)

    Thanks in advance for replies
    If there is only one salad on the menu, you could say either "I'll have the salad" or "I'll have salad". If there is more than one salad on the menu, you would have to specify which one - "I'll have the Caesar Salad", "I'll have potato salad" etc. In BrE, we don't use "take" when ordering food or drinks in a restaurant.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: restaurants - ordering food

    Is it then possible to use 'take' in AmE?

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    Default Re: restaurants - ordering food

    I've heard it used but 'have' is more natural.

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    Default Re: restaurants - ordering food

    I've heard it too and seen it written but not as often as 'have'. It seems 'take' is some kind of substandard in the context provided

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    Default Re: restaurants - ordering food

    You will hear "take" used frequently by non-native speakers, usually because it's a direct translation from their own language. For example

    Je voudrais prendre un café au lait (French) = I would like to take a white coffee (coffee with milk) - Direct translation
    Me gustaría tomar un café (Spanish) = I would like to take a coffee

    Prendre = to take
    Tomar = to take

    In English, it would be "I'll have a coffee" or "I would like [to have] a coffee".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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