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  1. B45
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    Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitute c

    Can you say:

    Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce.

    VS

    Please substitute cheese with tomato sauce.

    Are both useable and do they mean I want tomato sauce and not cheese?

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    Please substitute cheese with tomato sauce = Please don't give me cheese but please give me tomato sauce
    Please substitute cheese for tomato sauce = Please don't give me tomato sauce but please give me cheese
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    Please substitute cheese for tomato sauce = Don't give me cheese. Give me tomato sauce.

    "Cheese with tomato sauce" suggests to me that I would be getting both. (Sounds pretty good to me.)

  4. B45
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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    Your answer is not the same as emsr2d2

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    It is ambiguous, but I think Tarheel's is clearer. For ems's meaning, I would say "please substitute tomato sauce for cheese".

  6. B45
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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    Yeah, I think ems has it reversed.
    Last edited by B45; 08-Jan-2015 at 09:31.

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    I think ems has it right.

    In any case, you could say instead 'Please bring that with cheese instead of tomato sauce'.

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    We may have another BrE/AmE difference.

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    I'm asking for tomato sauce rather than cheese.

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    Re: Can you say: Please substitute the cheese for tomato sauce. VS Please substitu

    Then to be be absolutely clear, use Rover's suggestion in reverse. "Please bring that with tomato sauce rather than/instead of cheese".

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