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    terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite



    Child: I want some more carrots.

    Parent: You still have a piece of carrot in your bowl. Eat it first before you ask for more.

    Child: I want one potato.

    Parent: You say, "I want a piece of potato".

    Child: I want a piece of green pea.

    Parent: You still have two pieces of green peas in your bowl. Finish them first.

    Child: I want chicken, please.

    Parent: How many would you like?

    Child: One piece. (One slice?)

    Parent: Okay, here's a piece of chicken.

    Parent: No, don't use your spoon. You'll get your saliva into the food and it would spoil much more easily. We're still going to save some for dinner. Use this serving spoon.

    Child: Can I have more sauce?

    Parent: You still have a lot of sauce in your bowl. Okay, I'll give you two more scoops. These would be your last scoops, okay?

    Child: I'm done.

    Parent: Not yet, you still have food in your bowl. Just two more bites and you're done.

    Underlined phrases are especially troublesome.
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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Carrots are usually sliced. We might refer to the slices of carrot as pieces of carrot or slices of carrot. If a child called that "carrots" I might correct him/her, and I might not not. (I don't know.) Potatoes are sliced into small pieces for putting into a stew. (When you make stew everything is mixed together, so it seems a bit odd to ask for one thing.) We usually eat several peas at a time, so we wouldn't ask for one pea.

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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    We never refer to peas as pieces of peas. (Do you actually count the peas?)

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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    You can have two peas, but not two pieces of peas.

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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Chicken in stew would, I guess, be called bites of chicken or pieces of chicken. (But in stew it's all mixed together.)

    Fried chicken is sold (and eaten) by the piece.

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    #6

    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Say:

    Your food will spoil quicker.

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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Say:

    These will be the last scoops.

    A: Just two more bites.
    B: But I'm still hungry.
    A: But there's not much more. Later on we'll finish the stew, but we'll also have fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and apple pie.
    B: Yum!

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    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    We never refer to peas as pieces of peas. (Do you actually count the peas?)
    He's practicing his counting.
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    #9

    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post

    Child: I want some more carrots.

    Parent: You still have a piece of carrot in your bowl. Eat it first before you ask for more.

    Child: I want one potato.

    Parent: Say, "I want some potato" or "I want a piece of potato". [I phrased it in those ways because in the picture it's cut up and mixed in.]

    Child: I want green peas.

    Parent: You still have two peas in your bowl. Finish them first.

    Child: I want some chicken, please.

    Parent: How much would you like?

    Child: One piece. [Not "slice." In a stew it's not sliced, it's cut up.]

    Parent: Okay, here's a piece of chicken.

    Parent: No, don't use your spoon. You'll get germs into the food and it will spoil. We're still going to save some for dinner. Use this serving spoon.

    Child: May I have more sauce?

    Parent: You still have a lot of sauce in your bowl. Okay, I'll give you two more scoops. These will be your last scoops, okay?

    Child: I'm done.

    Parent: Not yet. You still have food in your bowl. Just two more bites and you're done.

    Underlined phrases are especially troublesome.
    That's how I'd say it.
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    #10

    Re: terms when eating: piece, slice, scoop, bite

    One pea, two peas -- how many peas can I eat?
    One pea, two peas -- I'd rather have a beet!

    One pea in a spoon -- another makes two!
    One pea for me, and one for you!

    Three green peas -- one, two, three!
    Three tasty peas all for me.

    Three peas and one more.
    Three and one make four.

    I always eat my peas with honey.
    I've done it all my life.
    It makes them taste kind of funny,
    But it keeps them on the knife.




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