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    What do you have to eat?

    Kevin: Iím hungry! Why donít we make a snack?
    Mark: Thatís a good idea. Iím hungry, too. What do you have to eat?
    Kevin: Well, thereís some peanut butter and jelly and some bread in the cupboard. And we have some potato chips and bananas, too.
    Mark: Great!
    Kevin: Is there anything in the refrigerator?
    Mark: Letís see. Thereís some ham and cheese, and there are some pickles.
    Kevin: Perfect! Letís use it all.

    (taken from LETíS GO 5, American English, Oxford University Press)

    I have two questions about this dialogue.
    1. I think ĎWhat do you want to eat?í is more natural than ĎWhat do you have to eat?í Am I right?
    2. In the sentence of ĎLetís use it all.í I think Ďití refers to the different kinds of food the two boys mentioned above. I wonder if we can use Ďthemí to replace Ďití.

    Thanks.

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    Re: What do you have to eat?

    1. If I was in your house and you said, "Would you like something to eat?", I would say, "What have you got?", not "What have you got to eat." It has been established twice that they are talking about eating, but I suppose it's a beginner's exercise.

    No, "What do you have?" or "What have you got?" are more appropriate than "What would you like?". Besides these would have to be spoken by different people.
    If it's Kevin's home, he might say,"What would you like?". Mark would not say this. Similarly, Mark would say "What have you got?" (in Kevin's house). Kevin would not say this. So you are suggesting a change in dialog that can't happen.

    2.No. 'It' means all the food. 'Food' is uncountable here.

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    Re: What do you have to eat?

    I'd say "Let's use all of it" not "Let's use it all." (If I really wanted a peanut butter and jelly and ham and cheese and pickle sandwich, of course. Which, I assure you, I do NOT!)
    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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