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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:36 pm 
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Thanks guys for your replies. And if I say 'Would you like a drink?", I'm offering things like tea, coffee, juice etc or this could also be said to offer some alcoholic drink?


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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It depends on age group, time of day and a few other factors but there comes a point where "would you like a drink" or "what can I get you to drink" carries an implied "I'm probably talking about something alcoholic" whereas "do you fancy a cup of tea or coffee or maybe some juice" is pretty clear. I wouldn't be offended by any of these questions and, indeed, have asked them on many occasions. equally, saying either yes or no is acceptable.

There's a friend that I visit who, almost as soon as I go through their door they say "cup of tea?" but that carries an implied "do you want tea, coffee, juice, water" in that situation. If I'd gone around to a friends house after a certain time in the evening, particularly if it was for a meal or a party or something "what can I get you to drink" would usually imply alcohol but (particularly these days where drink driving is (rightly) socially unacceptable) replying with something like "can I just have a coke" (or whatever) would be fine.

Of course, it's all situational. If I'd been out doing something physical on a blisteringly hot summer's day (OK, unlikely in Scotland) and a friend offered a drink, they probably mean something refreshing and cooling.

In almost any situation though, if I know the people involved well enough, regardless of what question was asked I wouldn't feel awkward giving (or receiving) a reply that wasn't quite what I asked. e.g. if I offered a friend a cup of tea and they said "actually, I really fancy a beer", no problem, I'd get one out of the fridge for them.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Thanks Enjay. Another question. If you are in the toilet, and someone is trying to get there, what do you say? Occupied? Busy? Engaged? There's someone in here? Be out in a minute? And the opposite, if there is no one inside, you say it's free? unoccupied? vacant?


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kaliope wrote:
Occupied? Busy? Engaged?

Any of those - though "Engaged" is least likely (even though the lock probably says that)

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There's someone in here? Be out in a minute?

Even less likely. Too much like conversation. I don't have conversations with people when I'm pooping. Far more likely to make a sound; shuffling feet, a polite cough or whatever, to warn anyone approaching not to even try. I think it's probably a British thing. We don't do intimate embarrassment very well. :lol:

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you say it's free? unoccupied? vacant?

Yep, those and maybe "empty" or "no one in there" too.


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Enjay wrote:
a polite cough...

Trouser cough?


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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So they are correct? :)


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You can say anything you wish in my opinion.
Make any sound you wish.
The onus is on the person wishing to use the loo, you will know if it's a young person, therefore you can answer as such. But if the person is banging on the door then your answer will naturally be affected.
Here l just say Besetzt in English means Occupied


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Do these mean the same to you?

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