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    What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    Hi,
    Would you please tell me what the opposite of 'salty' is? Could 'bland' be a choice? Thanks.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Would you please tell me what the opposite of 'salty' is? Could 'bland' be a choice? Thanks.
    The only true opposite of salty is not salty. You can contrast salty with sweet or bland, but these words are not 'opposites'.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    I agree with 5jj.

    Note that you can buy salted or unsalted butter, but 'unsalty' is very iffy.

    Rover

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    "Salty" is one of the five main tastes which food can be sorted into. They are salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami. Therefore, salty doesn't have an opposite, as the others said, except "not salty" which isn't really a description of a taste, simply a description of what a taste is not.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Aug-2012 at 14:34. Reason: typo
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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Salty" is one of the five main tastes which food can be sorted into. They are salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami. Therefore, salty doesn't have an opposite, as the other said, except "not salty" which isn't really a description of a taste, simply a description of what a taste is not.
    Hi,
    Umami, a strong savory taste that people recognize in foods such as cheese or mushrooms.That was the definition I found in CALD. However, I didn't take it in. Could you provide more things in that taste?
    Thanks a million.

    P.S. A link for those who want to know more about this taste.(It didn't do the trick for me, though) Umami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    Thanks to all!
    Then what's the appropriate word/phrase describing something that needs more salt? You're having this soup and you believe it should have much more salt in it.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

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    Then what's the appropriate word/phrase describing something that needs more salt? You're having this soup and you believe it should have much more salt in it.
    You just have to say that it needs more salt.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    ...or that it's short of salt.

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    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    It's not salty enough.
    It needs salt.
    It needs more salt.
    It needs some salt.
    You need to add salt.
    You need to add some salt.
    You need to add more salt.
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    #10

    Re: What's the opposite of 'salty'?

    Also 'It's short of salt'.

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