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01 / 06 / 2006

GOING FOR A DRINK (1): meaning and examples

Good morning!

Today's Daily Vitamin is about inviting someone to have a drink with you. I hope it will be useful this weekend!

Today's first phrase is: To go for a drink.

It means: to go to a bar or café to have a coffee, beer, etc. We often use to come for a drink when we are inviting someone to have a drink with us.
Example 1:
Speaker 1: Shall we go for a drink?
Speaker 2: Pardon? I didn't hear you.
Speaker 1: Do you want to come for a drink?
Speaker 2: Okay. But just a quick one.

Today's second phrases are: What would you like? or What are you having?

They are used: to ask someone what they would like to drink. The first expression is more formal and polite than the second.

REMEMBER: in this context, tomar is translated as to have, NOT to take. We have drinks, we don't take them.

Today's third phrases are: To fancy something or to feel like something.

They are used: to tell someone who is getting a drink for you what you want. These expressions are the equivalent of apetecer in Spanish.

Example 2:
Patrick: What are you having?
Lisa: Let's see.... I think I fancy a fizzy water (agua con gas).
Patrick: How about you, John? What would you like?
John: I feel like a coffee, please.

Tomorrow we'll talk about paying for the drinks.

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I hope you have time to have a drink on a terrace sometime today. Enjoy!