Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tagalog
      • Home Country:
      • Philippines
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines

    • Join Date: Apr 2016
    • Posts: 353
    #1

    half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    My son took a plate of toast that was meant for everyone, got one and started eating. Then his brother walked by.

    Me: Give a toast to your brother, son.

    My son started to give the toast he was already eating to his brother.

    Me: Don't give a half-eaten toast to your brother. Give him one that hasn't been eaten yet.

    I then realized that he had only taken one small bite of the toast, not enough to be considered half-eaten. I think I should have said partially-eaten instead. This leads me to another question: What if the toast was already 90% eaten? How do you describe it?
    Not a teacher.

  2. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 12,044
    #2

    Re: half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    You don't have to be that picky. Even though only one bite had been taken out of the toast you could use "half-eaten" there. As for toast that had been 90% consumed, I would wait a second and call it gone.

  3. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,056
    #3

    Re: half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    Say Give a piece of toast to your brother.
    I am not a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 13
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2016, 14:32
  2. [Grammar] was eaten and had eaten
    By Oceanlike in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-Jul-2015, 16:07
  3. have eaten / had eaten : at the end of meal?
    By ademoglu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30-Mar-2015, 10:53
  4. had eaten
    By yan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-May-2010, 07:01
  5. Have you ever eaten ...?
    By Unregistered Lina in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2005, 17:11

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •