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  1. B45
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    I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Can you say when you get to the diner:

    I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    "I ordered a omelet to take away" - that's what we say in Aus. Maybe "to take out", not 'for'. Rarely "to go" unless it's a US franchise.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I ordered a omelet to take away" - that's what we say in Aus. Maybe "to take out", not 'for'. Rarely "to go" unless it's a US franchise.
    Really? I thought I ordered an omelet for take out should be okay. Had no idea it was wrong!

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Really? I thought I ordered an omelet for take out should be okay. Had no idea it was wrong!
    Well, you live and learn!

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I ordered a omelet to take away" - that's what we say in Aus. Maybe "to take out", not 'for'. Rarely "to go" unless it's a US franchise.
    That, or "I ordered a takeaway omelet", would be the most common in the UK, too.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    It's not a regularly ordered takeaway food, to be honest. We tend to order pizzas, curries, Chinese/Thai food and burgers and fries to take away. If I were eating at my work canteen, I suppose I might order an omelette for breakfast but ask for it in a takeaway box so that I could eat it at work.

    - I've ordered a takeaway.
    - Ooh, what are you getting?
    - Indian.

    - Shall we have a takeaway tonight?
    - Yup. Great idea. What do you fancy?
    - Pizza or Chinese. Your choice.

    - Hi. Can I order a large Pizza Vegetariana and a portion of garlic bread?
    - Is that for collection or delivery?
    - Oh delivery please. I haven't collected a takeaway for years!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not a regularly ordered takeaway food, to be honest. We tend to order pizzas, curries, Chinese/Thai food and burgers and fries to take away. If I were eating at my work canteen, I suppose I might order an omelette for breakfast but ask for it in a takeaway box so that I could eat it at work.

    - I've ordered a takeaway.
    - Ooh, what are you getting?
    - Indian.

    - Shall we have a takeaway tonight?
    - Yup. Great idea. What do you fancy?
    - Pizza or Chinese. Your choice.

    - Hi. Can I order a large Pizza Vegetariana and a portion of garlic bread?
    - Is that for collection or delivery?
    - Oh delivery please. I haven't collected a takeaway for years!
    Thanks for the input! But I swear to God, I've heard the preposition for used in a situation like this. It goes something like:

    Is this for here or take out?

    It's for take out.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    "Is this for here or [to] take out?"
    OK, you heard it. Where was it heard? Were they native speakers? What level of education did they have?
    Seriously, you really will hear lots of incorrect English. I don't think it will ever be escaped now that English is a lingua franca. One day there will be more bad English spoken than proper English - if that is not already the case.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Really? I thought I ordered an omelet for take out should be okay. Had no idea it was wrong!
    It is not wrong in AmE. We order food "for takeout" or "to go". We also order food for delivery.

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    Re: I ordered an omelet for take out. Or I ordered an omelet to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not wrong in AmE. We order food "for takeout" or "to go". We also order food for delivery.
    I was really confused, because I've heard it said many times in the US by native English speakers... Even on TV.

    I'm surprised by how there are these differences in US English and UK English. This is quite a shock, really... Wow!

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