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I want you to lay/set the table before I finish cooking.
Are lay and set interchangeable in the above? Thanks.
I've heard people (native speakers of English) working in fast-food outlets using another verb:'put the table'. But this is certainly not colloquial in any dialect of English I've ever heard; I presume it's Hispanic in origin, from the expression 'poner la mesa'.
Last edited by BobK; 13-Dec-2007 at 15:30. Reason: Added parenthesis in last para