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    Id like to have the steak, please.

    When native speakers order food at the restaurant, they would say "the" before the food they order. For example, I’d like to have the steak, please.

    Does "the" is used to specify the food of the restaurant e.g the food at ABC Restaurant? Thanks.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    When native speakers order food at the restaurant, they would say "the" before the food they order. For example, I’d like to have the steak, please.

    Does "the" is used to specify the food of the restaurant e.g the food at ABC Restaurant? Thanks.
    Assuming there is only one steak on the menu, "the" is fine. If there are sirloin steaks, porterhouse steaks, and rib-eye steaks on the menu, you would have to specify which one you want.

    Your second sentence should start with: "Is "the" used to specify". It is obvious that one can only order food that is available at that particular restaurant.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Does "the" is used to specify the food of the restaurant e.g the food at ABC Restaurant?
    Possibly, but it distinguishes the dish you want from the ones you don't want.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    This kind of sentence would often be used after the server had mentioned the evening 'specials', perhaps including a fish dish, a vegetarian dish, and a steak dish. Then the diner would choose from among those narrowed options-

    "I'll try the fish."
    "The vegetarian sounds good. I'll have that."
    "I'll have the steak."

    This form could also be used for any other situation where there is only one possible interpretation on the menu.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Assuming there is only one steak on the menu, "the" is fine. If there are sirloin steaks, porterhouse steaks, and rib-eye steaks on the menu, you would have to specify which one you want.

    Your second sentence should start with: "Is "the" used to specify". It is obvious that one can only order food that is available at that particular restaurant.
    Thanks Mike

    Are the following sentences natural if we order food at the restaurant?

    1. I'd like to have a sirloin steak.
    2. I'd like to have the sirloin steak.
    3. I'd like to have sirloin steak.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Mike

    Are the following sentences natural if we order food at the restaurant?

    1. I'd like to have a sirloin steak.
    2. I'd like to have the sirloin steak.
    3. I'd like to have sirloin steak.
    Yes, all would work.

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    Re: Id like to have the steak, please.

    And to save the server the trouble of asking how you'd like it cooked, say 'I'd like a sirloin steak, medium rare, please'.

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