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    Smile Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    Hello,

    I just want to know this: When you are at any restaurant asking for food .... Can I say like this: For example (Let me have) 2 sandwiches with everything. "Let me have" is a kind way to ask what you want to eat in a restaurant?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    It's a bit rude.
    I'd like.... , please.

    May I have ..., please.
    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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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    'The expressions 'let me have' and 'I want' before ordering food etc are primarily heard in the US and perhaps Canada (where they are not necessarily considered particularly rude as it is quite an acceptable phrase).

    However, in any or at least most other English speaking countries it would indeed be considered slightly rude. So the safe option will always be 'I'd like, may I have, could you please bring me, would you please...etc etc
    Last edited by Barb_D; 25-Apr-2015 at 04:38.

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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    Quote Originally Posted by mandrews01 View Post
    'The expressions 'let me have' and 'I want' before ordering food etc are primarily heard in the US and perhaps Canada (where they are not necessarily considered particularly rude as it is quite an acceptable phrase).
    What crap!
    These are both rude and are NOT commonly heard in the US.

    However, in any or at least most other English speaking countries it would indeed be considered slightly rude. So the safe option will always be 'I'd like, may I have, could you please bring me, would you please...etc etc
    Gosh. I wish I'd thought to offer those suggestions.
    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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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    I don't think it's particularly rude. People say "I'm going to have..." or "I will have..." all the time.

    "Let me have..." or even "let me get a..." doesn't bother me in a casual restaurant setting.

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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    I don't find them rude either.

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    Re: Let me have... asking for food at restaurant

    If I were the waiter, I'd find 'Let me have...' and 'I want...' without a 'please' rude and disrespectful.

    You can't be too polite to servers – you never know what might happen to your food between kitchen and table.

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