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    #1

    Take me a pizza, please

    Is it correct and natural to say 'Take me a pizza, please'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    No, it's not. You could say 'Get me a pizza, please'.
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    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    Get me a pizza.
    Buy me a pizza.
    Make me a pizza.
    Cook me a pizza.

    All of those are possible (and should include "please" for politeness) but "Take me a pizza" doesn't naturally work. I can come up with a rather convoluted situation in which it could be used but I don't think it's worth discussing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    You could say bring me a pizza.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    but "Take me a pizza" doesn't naturally work. I can come up with a rather convoluted situation in which it could be used but I don't think it's worth discussing.
    What convoluted situation can you think of? I'm curious.

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    #6

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    What convoluted situation can you think of? I'm curious.
    I knew someone would ask!

    Sarah: Are you going to Jane's party tonight?
    Tom: Of course.
    Sarah: Did you remember that we've all got to take our own food cos she's skint and can only provide the booze?
    Tom: Oops. I forgot that and I haven't got time to buy anything.
    Sarah: I can take something for you if you want.
    Tom: That would be great.
    Sarah: What do you fancy?
    Tom: Take me a pizza.
    Sarah: OK! Will do. See you there later.
    Tom: Bye.
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    #7

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    I like your example but I personally would use "I can get something for you if you want"...."Get me a pizza".

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    #8

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    So would I, but ems did say (my emphasis added) "I can come up with a rather convoluted situation in which it could be used but I don't think it's worth discussing". You asked her to think of a convolted situation. She responded.

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    #9

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    It's a little convoluted indeed but, in my defence, "I can get something for you" and "Get me a pizza" don't mean the same as my sentences. "Get" would be a replacement for "buy" but my sentences specifically refer to the action of taking the pizza to the party on behalf of someone else.
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    #10

    Re: Take me a pizza, please

    Maybe something like "can you take a pizza with you for me to the party?" I still find take me a pizza odd.

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