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    #1

    plain or simple

    hi,

    "i would like a simple sandwich" or "i would like a plain sandwich"?

    "i live in a plain place" or "i live in a simple place"?

    when to use one and the other?

    thanks?


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    Re: plain or simple

    In the sence of the words that I believe you are trying to use:
    A simple sandwitch to me sounds like a sandwitch that isn't complex. Perhaps this sandwitch only has one ingredient?
    A plain sandwitch doesn't work as well. To me it sounds like a sandwitch with nothing in, which is of course not a sandwitch at all!
    In this case, a simple sandwitch is really the only practical option. But even then, it doesn't read that well, as we don't often describe sandwitches as simple.

    A plain place to me suggests a place that is bland, without character or decoration. For example, a whitewashed village, with no decorations.
    A simple place doesn't work very well in most cases. It sounds awkward, and doesn't convey the message that the place is plain or bland. Instead it would suggest that maybe the people there have simple needs and simple desires.

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    #3

    Re: plain or simple

    hi,

    this situation happened with me when i was visiting nyc.

    i was at a snack bar and there were a lot of types of bagles on the display.

    i wanted the one with less ingredients.

    how should i have ordered it?


    thanks.


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    Re: plain or simple

    Haha. I am not entirely sure. There is always the tried and tested method of "I want that one".
    To describe that bagel you might say the bagel with least ingredients in. Really speaking, there isn't really a good description for it.

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    #5

    Re: plain or simple

    Oh, Niall!
    So how would you describe a place with not much decoration? In your colloquial terms.

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    #6

    Re: plain or simple

    That would be a plain bagel.

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    Re: plain or simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That would be a plain bagel.
    How about the place Barb?

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