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    I am a hamburger

    "I am a hamburger" is a strange expression. It should be "I'd like a hamburger" if I want to order a hamburger.
    A Japanese site explains that it is acceptable in the following conversation. Is that true?

    You go to a burger place with some of your friends.

    Attendant: May I help you?
    A: I'd like a Big Mac.
    B: I'd like a hamburger and a small order of fries.
    C: I am a cheeseburger.

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    Re: I am a hamburger

    No, that doesn't sound natural to me at all.

    One way it does work is when the server comes to your table. Then one person might say "I'm the lasagna" and the other person might say "And I'm the burger." This would be a shortcut of saying "I'm the person who ordered the..."

    But just "I'm a cheeseburger"? No.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I am a hamburger

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    "I am a hamburger" is a strange expression. It should be "I'd like a hamburger" if I want to order a hamburger.
    A Japanese site explains that it is acceptable in the following conversation. Is that true?

    You go to a burger place with some of your friends.

    Attendant: May I help you?
    A: I'd like a Big Mac.
    B: I'd like a hamburger and a small order of fries.
    C: I am a cheeseburger.

    ***** NOT a teacher *****

    I think that C could say:

    I feel like a cheeseburger.

    That is: I feel like having/eating a cheeseburger.

    ***** NOT a teacher *****

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    #4

    Re: I am a hamburger

    It's what JFK would have said, had he given his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in Hamburg.

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    Re: I am a hamburger

    Sadly, I had the same thought...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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