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    #1

    how to ask this question?

    Hi,
    There are snack bars where people can pick up the things that they want to eat and drink, and pay for it at the cashier.
    If I want to be polite or if I am not sure that I am allowed to simply pick up an item by myself, can I ask "May I pick one thing here?" and point to the item that I want?
    Thanks a lot.


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    #2

    Re: how to ask this question?

    That's very polite!

    "Can I have one of those?" is a more likely colloquial question.

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    #3

    Re: how to ask this question?

    You may be meaning to ask "Is this self-serve?" meaning, "Do I help myself to this, or does someone serve it to me?"

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    #4

    Re: how to ask this question?

    "Is this self-serve?"
    Self-serve, self-served or self-service?


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    #5

    Re: how to ask this question?

    Self-service in the UK, but self-serve is fine.

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    Re: how to ask this question?

    "Self-serve" is more common in the US.

    (Now I know yet another UK/US difference.)

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