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    Hello, I'd like to know if the phrasal verb TAKE OFF is okay in the following context.

    I'm sitting at the table and my host has just given me a huge portion of rice, but I can only manage half of that.
    Could I say: 'Oh, that's too much. Could you take some off?'

    Feel free to suggest any other alternative should TAKE OFF (or the whole sentence) sound partially or totally wrong.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: at the table

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Hello, I'd like to know if the phrasal verb TAKE OFF is okay in the following context.

    I'm sitting at the table and my host has just given me a huge portion of rice, but I can only manage half of that.
    Could I say: 'Oh, that's too much. Could you take some off?'

    Feel free to suggest any other alternative should TAKE OFF (or the whole sentence) sound absolutely wrong.

    Thanks in advance.
    It's OK. It depends how friendly you are with your host, of course. If you don't know them very well, that might be seen as quite rude and you might be better off starting the meal but eventually saying "Wow, that was delicious but I'm completely full and I can't quite finish it all".

    If you are friendly enough with them, you can say "Could you take some of it away?", "Could you remove some?", "Just give me half that amount", "I can probably only eat half that. Please give the rest to someone else". "Take off" isn't wrong though - I just added some alternatives.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: at the table

    If you are friendly enough with them, you can say "Could you take some of it away?", "Could you remove some?", "Just give me half that amount", "I can probably only eat half that. Please give the rest to someone else". "Take off" isn't wrong though - I just added some alternatives.
    BRILLIANT! Wow, that was quick!!
    Thank you very much. Your alternatives are just what I was hoping for!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Oh, come to think of it.. You used 'half that'...Does that mean you can leave out the preposition of in front of a determiner on its own? I could have sworn that the preposition 'of' was necessary there...

    'I can probably only eat half of that' is how I would have said it... 'half the cake' but 'half of that/it'.
    Last edited by wace; 11-Aug-2013 at 18:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Oh, come to think of it.. You used 'half that'...Does that mean you can leave out the preposition of in front of a determiner on its own? I could have sworn that the preposition 'of' was necessary there...

    'I can probably only eat half of that' is how I would have said it... 'half the cake' but 'half of that/it'.
    In BrE, the "of" can be omitted.

    I'm only going to eat half that apple.
    She's only eaten half her rice.
    I remembered to put makeup on only half my face.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Thank you. However, as you noticed, my question was about the omission of OF after 'half' used in combination with determiners and pronouns on their own.. You wouldn't say 'half it', would you? But apparently you can say 'half that'....
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    Re: at the table

    No, we don't say "half it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    No, we don't say "half it".
    I'm sure you don't!!!! It sounds AWFUL!!! But you do say 'half that', right???

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    I'm sure you don't!!!! It sounds AWFUL!!! But you do say 'half that', right???
    One exclamation mark is sufficient, as is one question mark. Some native speakers say "half that", some don't.

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    Bhaisahab, thank you for your reply, but your comment on the number of question and exclamation marks I use was frankly uncalled-for.

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