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    ordering food

    My nine-year-old god daughter's English book teaches them the following dialogue in a restaurant:

    Waiter Hello.
    Tom Hi! Can I have a pasta, salad and cheese, please?
    Waiter Certainly. And to drink?
    Tom Can I have water, please?
    Waiter Pasta, salad, cheese and water. That's fine.

    There are a couple more similar dialogues but each one is ened with a "That's fine." said by the waiter.

    Is that a natural thing to say in this context? Maybe I haven't been to a restaurant in an English-speaking country that many times but I don't remember ever hearing that in such context. I would rather imagine the customer saying it to confirm if the waiter got the order right.

    Could anyone please tell me if it's really how it is said?

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    #2

    Re: ordering food

    There are many possibilities.

    Very good.
    You got it.
    No problem.

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    Re: ordering food

    It is said by a waiter for several reasons, to make sure that they have your order correct and confirm that all the items you have ordered are available.

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    #4

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    I also find the textbook dialogue slightly artificial. Most are, however. I would not use "that's fine" in that situation, but I suppose it's not impossible.

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    Re: ordering food

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There are many possibilities.

    Very good.
    You got it.
    No problem.
    Had they put any of these in the book I wouldn't have started this thread, but that "That's fine" just sounded really artificial to me, especially in the declarative. But then as a non-native I couldn't really know what's natural and what isn't, hence my question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrfatso View Post
    It is said by a waiter for several reasons, to make sure that they have your order correct and confirm that all the items you have ordered are available.
    Whouln't the waiter use the interrogative rather than the declarative to make sure or to confirm? My whole confusion came from the lack of a question mark in that context.

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    Re: ordering food

    They don't literally ask you if they have the details of your order correct so the interrogative isn't necessary. They simply repeat the order back and expect you to say something if they've got it wrong.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They don't literally ask you if they have the details of your order correct so the interrogative isn't necessary. They simply repeat the order back and expect you to say something if they've got it wrong.
    Well, repeat the order back part makes sense, only the "That's fine" got me confused.

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    Re: ordering food

    I think that using "that's fine" is a little strange. The customer didn't ask if it was ok to order any one of those things. But what's also stange is how the customer orders "a pasta" when it would sound better to just say "pasta".

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    Re: ordering food

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddanyd View Post
    But what's also stange is how the customer orders "a pasta" when it would sound better to just say "pasta".
    Normally you'd say which pasta you wanted - lasagne, tortellini, spaghetti, etc. But if there was only one pasta on the menu, I'd say "I'll have the pasta", not "I'll have pasta."

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    #10

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    And the part about the cheese is also odd.
    The cheese plate? Okay
    A hamburger with cheese? Okay.
    But the way it's presented here? Odd.
    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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