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    #1

    About the use of CATER

    Hi,friends!

    1.We have always prided ourselves on our complete flexibility and we will organise every group menu and catering requirement on a totally individual basis.

    2.Porters is happy to cater for all kinds of different parties.

    3.So when you are next in Covent Garden,call in and see us.

    Q1. Is the use of catering in sentence 1 correct? Why?
    Q2.Do both of cater(ing)s in sentence 1&2 mean 'to provide food and drinks'?
    Q3.If sentence 3 means that When you are in Covent Garden next time,please call and see us?
    Thanks
    sws1234
    Last edited by sws1234; 21-Mar-2009 at 13:58.


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    #2

    Re: About the use of CATER

    Yes to both questions.

    You're obviously not snobs. You will cater to people of any rank or status - 'all different parities' ...or do you mean, only to women who have proved themselves fertile?


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    Re: About the use of CATER

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Yes to both questions.

    You're obviously not snobs. You will cater to people of any rank or status - 'all different parities' ...or do you mean, only to women who have proved themselves fertile?
    Hi David L

    I misled you just now by 'parities'.Actually,it is 'parties'.

    I have edited my questions again.

    But I am still confused about the catering in sentence 1,and I think it should be cater.If here cater and organise are two predicates of the sentence?

    Could you please explain that again?

    Thanks again
    sws1234
    Last edited by sws1234; 21-Mar-2009 at 14:14.


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    #4

    Re: About the use of CATER

    I was joking (note the smiley, and the wink icon). I knew you meant 'parties'.
    In (1), 'catering' is correct. 'requirement' is a noun, and the adjective 'catering', coming before the noun, tells us specifically what type of requirements you deal with. You will meet my every catering requirement (food and drink), but if I want dancing girls at this party, try the Yellow Pages - you don't cater for that!


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    Re: About the use of CATER

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I was joking (note the smiley, and the wink icon). I knew you meant 'parties'.
    In (1), 'catering' is correct. 'requirement' is a noun, and the adjective 'catering', coming before the noun, tells us specifically what type of requirements you deal with. You will meet my every catering requirement (food and drink), but if I want dancing girls at this party, try the Yellow Pages - you don't cater for that!
    This time I understand the catering and your joke.

    I have another question:

    So when you are next in Covent Garden,call in and see us.

    I'd like to know if the sentence above means that when you are in Covent Garden next time,please call and see us.

    Thanks
    sws1234


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    #6

    Re: About the use of CATER

    Yes, it is the usual way it is expressed, and means just what you say.
    The Queen might say to the President,"When next you visit, I must show you our rose garden."

    and if it's good enough for the Queen to say...what better recommendation could you have!


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    Thumbs up Re: About the use of CATER

    David L.
    Thank you for your help and your humor.

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