I'm still working on it

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I have a helpful little phrase you can use when dining in restaurants in the U.S.

When you’re near the end of a meal, perhaps finishing your entree, your server might ask if he/she can take your plate or if you would like a box to take leftovers home (a doggie bag). If you are still eating, simply say, “I’m still working on it.” This is an informal way to tell your server that you haven’t finished eating and you don't want your plate removed yet. (Conversely, your server might ask you first, “Are you still working on that?”)

I don’t think eating is work at all but “I’m still working on it” is something we say in this type of situation. Of course you can always be literal and formal and tell your server that you haven’t finished eating, or that you’re still eating, but using the idiom will have you speaking like a local.

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