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    #1

    I'm coffee.

    1) I'm coffee.
    2) I'll have a cup of coffee.

    To me, sentence #1 looks funny - no human is coffee.

    But I have no idea whether or not it is incorrect.

    Is it possible to use #1 instead of #2 in a restaurant?
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #2

    Re: I'm coffee.

    You're right. Sentence 1 is not possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I'm coffee.

    If the server is bringing the drinks, you might say something like that.
    "He's the iced tea, she's the Diet Coke, I'm the coffee."

    (It would have "the.")
    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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    #4

    Re: I'm coffee.

    It's possible that you could hear someone using it colloquially when ordering, but in most contexts it would sound wrong.

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    #5

    Re: I'm coffee.

    Well, given that we now have "smart appliances" (fridges that know what's inside them, kettles that boil ten minutes before you're due home from work, lights and curtains that open and close automatically based on levels of light), surely it's only a matter of time before our cups of coffee start talking to us!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: I'm coffee.

    It would need to add Hi/Hello/Good Morning then.

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    #7

    Re: I'm coffee.

    If anything (including the cup of coffee itself) dares speak to me before I have drunk my first cup of coffee, it's dead. The mere thought of a pre-caffeine 'Good morning' brings on palpitations.

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    #8

    Re: I'm coffee.

    What if the mug could sense when enough had been consumed and then knew it was a safe time to greet you?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Feb-2017 at 11:56. Reason: Fixed typo
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    #9

    Re: I'm coffee.

    That's a mug's game.

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    #10

    Re: I'm coffee.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's possible that you could hear someone using it colloquially when ordering, but in most contexts it would sound wrong.
    Other than "I'm coffee", is it natural to say "She's orange juice" when ordering?

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