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    do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Should the bold part be "vegetables"?
    I found the following question in the book I am studying these days.

    When you eat out do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Source: American English File 3
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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    No. "Vegetarian" is correct. It is asking whether you order a meat dish, a fish dish or a vegetarian dish. Vegetarian food doesn't consist solely of vegetables, I can assure you!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    It is asking whether you order a meat dish, a fish dish or a vegetarian dish.
    Thanks Emsr2d2. I thought "vegetarian" referred only to someone who didn't eat meat or fish. That's why it didn't make sense to me in terms of parallelism. I didn't know it could be used as adjective, like vegetarian restaurant/cooking/dish. Thanks for teaching something new.

    Vegetarian food doesn't consist solely of vegetables
    Really? I didn't know.
    I can assure you!
    Because you seem to be vegetarian, according to what you state in your profile.
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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    It's an adjective and a noun.

    I'm a vegetarian. (noun)
    I'm vegetarian. (adj.)
    This is a vegetarian restaurant. (adj.)
    How many vegetarians are in your group? (noun)
    Can I see the vegetarian menu please? (adj.)
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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    I thought "vegetarian" referred only to someone who didn't eat meat or fish.
    In your original sentence, "vegetarian" is an adjective modifying an implied noun ("food").

    When you eat out do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian (food)?

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. "Vegetarian" is correct. It is asking whether you order a meat dish, a fish dish or a vegetarian dish. Vegetarian food doesn't consist solely of vegetables, I can assure you!
    A vegetarian diet includes vegetables, milk, eggs, nuts and other plants. It's different from a vegan diet which consists of only plants and no animal products.

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    Should the bold part be "vegetables"?
    I found the following question in the book I am studying these days.

    When you eat out do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Source: American English File 3
    Since you are interested in different diets, I suggest you do some research on the new diet fads including raw, vegan, Paleo, etc. You might encounter any of those words in real life. In English grammar books, I'm not sure if they've caught up to the latest trends.

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    A vegetarian diet can sometimes include ... milk, (and) eggs
    Those are often referred to as lacto-ovo vegetarian diets. Not all vegetarian diets include eggs and/or dairy products.

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    It is generally understood that way in the general public in the US. "Lacto-ovo" is a specific term that doesn't enjoy mainstream recognition.

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    Re: do you usually order meat, fish or vegetarian?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    in the general public in the US.
    Is that another standard AmE phrase?
    I could have sworn only "by the public" was right in that context!

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