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    What to say at the table

    Ok, here's a request many of you native speakers will find a bit unusual. Yet, to someone who's constantly striving to sound natural in every single utterance, even the most trivial everyday situation can pose a bit of a problem, but anyway here goes:
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    I'm having dinner at a friend's. His portions are a bit too generous. He has just given me a plateful of rice. I'm already full and don't think I could eat all of it. What could I tell him to have him take some of that rice off my (clean) plate?
    I'll be waiting for your helpful suggestions.
    (No wisecracks please)
    Thanks!

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    Re: What to say at the table

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Ok, here's a request many of you native speakers will find a bit unusual. Yet, to someone who's constantly striving to sound natural in every single utterance, even the most trivial everyday situation can pose a bit of a problem, but anyway here goes:
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    I'm having dinner at a friend's. His portions are a bit too generous. He has just given me a plateful of rice. I'm already full and don't think I could eat all of it. What could I tell him to have him take some of that rice off my (clean) plate?
    I'll be waiting for your helpful suggestions.
    (No wisecracks please)
    Thanks!
    Wace,

    How about something informal such as: "Wow! Thanks for the generous portion, Vincent, but I'm afraid I couldn't possibly eat that much! Let me put some of it back, please!"

    Happy eating!

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    Re: What to say at the table

    [Let me put some of it back, please!"

    Thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for.
    Supposing you asked your friend, who's handing you the plate, to do it for you, could you say.
    ....'.Could you put some of it back?'
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: What to say at the table

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    [Let me put some of it back, please!"

    Thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for.
    Supposing you asked your friend, who's handing you the plate, to do it for you, could you say.
    ....'.Could you put some of it back?'
    Thanks in advance
    Sure! Just be sure to throw in the 'please' and 'thank you'!

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    Re: What to say at the table

    Of course! I left those words out for obvious reasons...
    No request should ever be made without those two 'magical words'....
    Bye for now
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    Re: What to say at the table

    Of course, you could simply not eat it all. If you feel the need to apologise, then say, "I'm sorry, I have eaten as much as I can manage."

    If you know he always serves too much, before he serves you say "Oh [name], can you only give me [number] spoonfuls of rice. I am not all that hungry tonight."

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    Re: What to say at the table

    Thank you Anglika
    Your suggestions were absolutely spot on. I'm going to add them to the ones other members have provided me with today.
    Actually, it all started with this nagging doubt: Is it 'take something off a plate' or ''put something back'? as Amigos4 suggested in his examples. It was which phrasal verb to use that first put me on the spot.
    Amigos4's suggestion was just as valuable in this respect.
    Thank you ever so much!!
    Wace

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