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    #1

    as a starter / for a starter

    Hello,

    I would like to find out which of the sentences below is idiomatic and sounds natural. A person is ordering food in a restaurant:

    1. I'll have the avocado salad as a starter.
    2. I'll have the avocado salad for a starter.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: as a starter / for a starter

    #2.

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    #3

    Re: as a starter / for a starter

    Either one for me. No difference.
    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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    #4

    Re: as a starter / for a starter

    I agree with "either". Also "to start".

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    #5

    Re: as a starter / for a starter

    I think either could be used in BrE too.

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    #6

    Re: as a starter / for a starter

    I am not a teacher.

    Both for me too.

    I think I would be most likely to say 'as a starter' for something that is on the menu as a main dish but that I would like 'as a starter'. This probably wouldn't be the case with a salad, however.

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