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    #1

    cater for vs serve

    The school restaurant caters for 500 people everdy day.

    Is it possible to use 'serves' to replace 'caters for' in the above sentence?

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    Re: cater for vs serve

    If you wish, yes. But it might not mean exactly the same. They might cater for 500, but only 499 turn up to be served, for example.

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    Re: cater for vs serve

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you wish, yes. But it might not mean exactly the same. They might cater for 500, but only 499 turn up to be served, for example.
    Thanks, Bhai.

    Are there any synonyms for 'cater for' ? I couldn't find a synonym in the dictionaries.

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    #4

    Re: cater for vs serve

    Does "feed" work?

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    #5

    Re: cater for vs serve

    Prepares meals for
    Prepares food for
    Prepares to serve
    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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