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    Default I'm coffee

    Hi, there!

    When you order coffee at a cafe, what do you normally say?

    1. I'll have coffee.
    2. I'm going to have coffee.
    3. I'm coffee.

    I think #1 and #2 are okay, but what about #3? I read in an English book #3 is also fine, but I can't believe it.

    I'd appreciate your reply.

    optimistic pessimist

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    Default Re: I'm coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi, there!

    When you order coffee at a cafe, what do you normally say?

    1. I'll have a coffee.
    2. I'm going to a have coffee.
    3. I'm coffee.

    I think #1 and #2 are okay, but what about #3? I read in an English book #3 is also fine, but I can't believe it.

    I'd appreciate your reply.

    optimistic pessimist
    I will definitely say:
    1.I will have coffee, please? Or
    2. Just coffee, please.
    I am going to have coffee would work but it seems a bit unnatural way to order it.
    In what book did you see "I am coffee"?
    Last edited by banderas; 09-May-2008 at 13:42.

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    Smile Re: I'm coffee

    Hi 'OP', I can't see 'I'm coffee' getting you anything more than a strange look. One and two are great but I would also add an 'a' before the coffee. And of course, I'd always use 'please'

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    Default Re: I'm coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    I can't see 'I'm coffee' getting you anything more than a strange look.
    are you quite sure this isn't a slang expression?
    because in I'm coffee, coffee could also be used as a synonym for awesome, cool
    and describe a person / an event that is entirely awesome, profound, or otherwise regarded as favorable.

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    The waitress arrives with a tray of coffees, teas, mineral waters. She remembers that A ordered tea; B pipes up and says, "I'm coffee" or "I'm a/the coffee." ('a' if more than one coffee has been ordered at the table, 'the' if only one coffee was ordered).
    In ordering:
    "I'll have a coffee please.'
    "Coffee for me please."

    At the end of a meal in a restaurant, there may be coffee and a selection of cheeses. The person may not want the cheese, so tells the person ordering, or directly to the waiter :
    'I'm going to have a coffee but I'll give the cheese a miss."

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    Smile Re: I'm coffee

    OP, Considering this further, it is not unheard of merely to say to the person serving you: 'I'm coffee..and she's tea'. As a for instance, this might well answer your query.

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    Default Re: I'm coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    Hi 'OP', I can't see 'I'm coffee' getting you anything more than a strange look...
    But not that strange. In contexts where there is an order of, say, a dozen or so drinks, I've heard the words 'I'm a coffee' used as an abbreviation for "In the order that you're finally going to present at the bar after everyone's made up their minds, I am to be represented by the entry 'one coffee'". I wouldn't say it's common, and I wouldn't say 'I'm a N' is synonymous with 'Please may I have...', but still I've heard it. ('Make mine a ...' is more common in these cases).

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    Default Re: I'm coffee

    1. I'll have coffee - or - I'll have a coffee.

    2. I'm going to have coffee.

    3. I'm coffee; she's the tea. (picking up the order at the counter and the server asks what your order is.)

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