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    'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    Hi,

    I've heard we can use these verbs to show a meal has made you feel good or bad. Are they commonly used by the natives or there are any informal ways of saying them?



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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    I am not a teacher.

    The word is "disagree".

    When talking about food we almost always use the negative and it usually means that something has an adverse effect on you.

    "Boiled cabbage does not agree with me."

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    Disagree with is common for something that causes an upset stomach or other problem.

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    (Not a Teacher)

    -- Where's Tom? I haven't seen him for a while.
    He's in the bathroom.
    -- This entire time? Did he fall in?
    Nah, I think something he ate disagreed with him.

    It's typically used in the negative sense (a food 'didn't agree' or 'disagreed' with someone). You would need to get a little creative to use 'agree' in this way without it sounding a tad unnatural. For instance:

    -- How was the food over there in India?
    About the only thing that agreed with me were the little chocolates they (the hotel staff) left on the pillow.

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    -- How was the food over there in India?
    About the only thing that agreed with me were the little chocolates they (the hotel staff) left on the pillow.
    That's fine.

    Also

    — Sorry – I daren't eat these oysters; they always disagree with me.

    — Well let's see if we can find something that does agree with you.

    (Edited later, thanks to Mike.)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Apr-2014 at 09:09.

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    It would be unusual to say that a dinner agreed with you without there being some idea of disagreement first. Both examples use the idea of something disagreeing first as a context.

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That's fine.

    Also

    — Sorry – I daren't eat these oysters; they always disagree with me.

    — Well let's see if we can something that does agree with you.
    "Daren't would be very uncommon in AmE. In your second, there is a missing "find/prepare" after "can".

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    Re: 'Agree/diagree with' for food?

    Daren't sounds fine to my BrE ears.

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