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    ordering drink in a restuarant

    If we order drink in a resturant, is the 'some' optional before the drink?

    A: What would you like?
    B: I'd like some juice/coffe/Cola.

    In the examination, is it correct to omit the 'some'?

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    The most natural thing to ask for is a juice, coffee or, if you really must, cola.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Nov-2013 at 23:40. Reason: Punctuation typo

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The most natural thing to ask for is a juice, coffee or, if you really must, cola,
    Thanks 5jj

    Quoted "if you really must, cola"

    Do you mean we can say " I'd like cola" ? I saw "I'd like some juice" in the text book. My child told me that the teacher asked the students to add 'some' before drink. Do you think the teacher is correct?
    Last edited by queeniech; 28-Nov-2013 at 19:41.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thanks 5jj

    Quoted "if you really must, cola"

    Do you mean we can say " I'd like cola" ? I saw "I'd like some juice" in the text book. My child told me that the teacher asked the students to add 'some' before drink. Do you think the teacher is correct?
    There are probably some teachers out there who object to the use of "a juice", "a coffee", or "a cola". "Some" would be correct for all of them, so it is probably a safer choice for an examination.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There are probably some teachers out there who object to the use of "a juice", "a coffee", or "a cola". "Some" would be correct for all of them, so it is probably a safer choice for an examination.
    AmE must be different from BrE here.

    In BrE, 'I'd like a juice/cola/coffee'' said in a restaurant is taken to mean 'I'd like a glass or bottle of juice/a cup of coffee/a glass or bottle of cola'. This would present no problem in any examination.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    AmE must be different from BrE here.

    In BrE, 'I'd like a juice/cola/coffee'' said in a restaurant is taken to mean 'I'd like a glass or bottle of juice/a cup of coffee/a glass or bottle of cola'. This would present no problem in any examination.
    That is use very common in AmE also. Some teachers, however, are still pretty cranky about "modern" usage.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    It's not 'modern' in BrE. It's natural.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    If we order a drink in a restaurant, is the 'some' optional before the drink?

    A: What would you like?
    B: I'd like some juice/coffee/cola.

    In the examination, is it correct to omit the 'some'?

    Thanks.
    Note my corrections to your post. Take care with your spelling - check it before you actually post. Note that if you are using a brand name (Coca-Cola or Pepsi Cola) then capitalisation is appropriate. If you are simply asking for the type of drink which those two brands refer to, then it's just "cola". You can also capitalise "Coke" as long as you mean "Coca-Cola".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    The following dialouges are copied from two different textbooks published by Longman:

    1. Book A

    Mother: Here's the menu.
    What would you like?
    Son: I'd like some spaghetti, please.

    2. Book B

    Mother: Look at the menu, Bob.
    What would you like?
    Son: I'd like macaroni.

    Is "some" optional in the above contexts?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by queeniech; 29-Nov-2013 at 01:46.

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    Re: ordering drink in a restuarant

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    The following dialouges are copied from two different textbooks published by Longman:

    1. Book A

    Mother: Here's the menu.
    What would you like?
    Son: I'd like some spaghetti, please.

    2. Book B

    Mother: Look at the menu, Bob.
    What would you like?
    Son: I'd like macaroni.

    Is "some" optional in the above contexts?

    Thanks.
    Yes. This is different from the other situation. Nobody asks for "a" spaghetti or "a" macaroni. We can have some spaghetti/macaroni or just spaghetti/macaroni.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 29-Nov-2013 at 01:47. Reason: typo

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