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    Cool say when. When!

    Do native speakers really say this? I have attended many functions and when native English speakers kindly offer to pour drink for me, I've never heard of them use this.

    Also, I do say 'when' rather then 'yes/enough thanks...', right?

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    Re: say when. When!

    Yes, it can be used in any number of "pouring" situations.

    You can say anything to indicate that you have been given enough. Like "OK," or "Stop" or "that's good."

    Actually saying "when" is more of a comedic thing to say.

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    #3

    Re: say when. When!

    It is used, but it's not really very formal so you wouldn't hear it at, say, a work event. It's more used with children I think.

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    Re: say when. When!

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I've heard the response "when" used at casual events and at the most formal of events. It's not "formal", of course, but it's whimsical, and no one would fault you for using it, IMO.

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    Re: say when. When!

    I don't use it comedically or only with children. I use it all the time. Whenever I pour wine, I say "Say when" to the person whose glass I am pouring into. They either say "When" or "That's enough" or something similar. However, I always use "Say when" and have been doing so for most of my life.

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    Re: say when. When!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't use it comedically or only with children. I use it all the time. Whenever I pour wine, I say "Say when" to the person whose glass I am pouring into. They either say "When" or "That's enough" or something similar. However, I always use "Say when" and have been doing so for most of my life.
    Just to be clear I meant that actually answering "when" is kind of joke-y. To ask someone to say when is common.

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    Re: say when. When!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Just to be clear I meant that actually answering "when" is kind of joke-y. To ask someone to say when is common.
    Ah, I see. Fair point. Yes, I probably "When" but with a slight laugh too.

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    Re: say when. When!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Just to be clear I meant that actually answering "when" is kind of joke-y. To ask someone to say when is common.
    It's a bit like the old 'Say goodnight Dick' line. Dick isn't supposed to say 'Goodnight Dick'.

    Saying 'when' is jokey in the same way, misinterpreting the command as 'Say "When"' rather than ' Say [i.e. tell me] when [I have poured enough].'

    Another common response is 'Wo'.

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    Re: say when. When!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Do native speakers really say this? I have attended many functions and when native English speakers kindly offer to pour drink for me, I've never heard of them use this.

    Also, I do say 'when' rather then 'yes/enough thanks...', right?

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    And to answer your first question, yes. Possibly you haven't heard it because the traditional usage - 'Say when'/'...When' - involves recognition of a gentle joke - which perhaps dissuades people from addressing it to language students. (I'm not sure I would.)


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    Re: say when. When!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's a bit like the old 'Say goodnight Dick' line. Dick isn't supposed to say 'Goodnight Dick'.

    Saying 'when' is jokey in the same way, misinterpreting the command as 'Say "When"' rather than ' Say [i.e. tell me] when [I have poured enough].'

    Another common response is 'Wo'.

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    Probably "whoa," like you'd say to a horse.

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