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    Is this natural sounding?

    Could anyone please tell me if this conversation is lifelike/natural sounding or not?

    Customer to waiter: Excuse me!
    Waiter: Yes, madam ...
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee and look at that: it is really hot. (said in an ironic tone)

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Could anyone please tell me if this conversation is lifelike/natural sounding or not?

    Customer to waiter: Excuse me!
    Waiter: Yes, madam ...
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee and look at that: it is really hot. (said in an ironic tone)

    Thank you very much.

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    It's a very odd conversation. For a start, most people wouldn't order "hot coffee". They either order "coffee" or "iced coffee". I don't understand the irony. Is the cup of coffee incredibly hot or practically cold?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Hi! The coffee is not hot. How about this one:

    Customer to the waiter: Excuse me!
    Waiter: Yes, madam …
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee but there’s some problem with it.

    Waiter: What is it, madam?

    Customer: It is hot. (said in an ironic tone)

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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Hi! The coffee is not hot. How about this one:

    Customer to the waiter: Excuse me!
    Waiter: Yes, madam …
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee but there’s some problem with it.

    Waiter: What is it, madam?

    Customer: It is hot. (said in an ironic tone)
    I'm actually now more confused. If the coffee is not hot, the customer would not say "It is hot". This is not ironic or sarcastic or remotely amusing. It just doesn't make sense.

    Note that when you copy and paste text, the formatting gets messed up. Before you post, make sure the spacing doesn't appear incorrectly.
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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    The real way this would happen is that the customer would simply say "This coffee isn't hot. Could I get a fresh cup, please?"
    Being sarcastic with your waiter is immature and unhelpful.
    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: Is this natural sounding?

    I see this is odd. What type of food/drink do people like (to drink/eat) hot?

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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Hi! The coffee is not hot. How about this one:

    Customer to the waiter: Excuse me!
    Waiter: Yes, madam …
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee but there’s some problem with it.

    Waiter: What is it, madam?

    Customer: It is hot. (said in an ironic tone)
    No, there's no possible way that either of them makes any sense. Saying "It is hot" about a cold cup of coffee doesn't work on any level in English.

    Maybe:
    Customer: I ordered hot coffee but there’s a problem with it.
    Waiter: What is it, madam?

    Customer: Is it hot? (said in an ironic tone)

    Customer: I ordered hot coffee but there’s a problem with it.
    Waiter: What is it, madam?

    Customer: If this is hot, I'm glad I didn't order the iced coffee! (said in an ironic tone) - A bit silly, but so are all the other comebacks I can think of.


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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    All right. Can you think of any situation in which 'It is (really) hot' can sound ironic? If not food/drink ... what else?

    Except the weather.

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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    All right. Can you think of any situation in which 'It is (really) hot' can sound ironic? If not food/drink ... what else?

    Except the weather.
    Not really, no. If you ordered something hot and it turned up cold, you would either take the sensible route and say "My food/drink is cold. Please take it away and bring me a hot one" or you would be overly, spectacularly sarcastic and say something like "I ordered hot apple pie. My god - you weren't kidding were you? It's nuclear! It's absolutely scalding. No, seriously, I can't even touch it. I'd need asbestos fingers. Was this apple pie forged in the fires of Mount Doom?! Oh, no, hang on, let me try that again. It's cold. Stone cold. Practically dead."
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    Re: Is this natural sounding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    All right. Can you think of any situation in which 'It is (really) hot' can sound ironic? If not food/drink ... what else?
    Yes, you could set up a scenario where that would work. But you'd need a contextual setting, and a dialogue that leads up to that response as being ironic, etc. If you have the right setting, almost anything can be ironic. I can't think of a scene right now. I don't write sitcoms.

    OK, how about:
    A: How's your hot dog?
    B: It's really hot.

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