The use of cutlery in eating may differ from culture to culture, influenced by a thread in another forum; I’m interested in knowing how your culture eats “formally”. As an example, if you are invited to dine at someone’s house in Europe, you will be given a fork and knife to use while eating while in China you would be given chopsticks. How is the normative method in eating in your culture and how does the culture, in general not as individuals, feel about people who request different cutlery when dining with you; would you feel insulted or indifferent? From what I’ve noticed, in general Arabs tend to use forks and spoons; they use the fork to push the food in the spoon to eat. It’s very unlikely that anyone would put a knife on the table unless the food requires a knife (such as stake). It’s also likely that some people don’t use the fork at all. Food is usually all put on the table at once and each would pour in his own plate or bowl (depending on the type of food). Some, especially the more traditional, may like to use their hands, but they would probably offer at least a spoon anyway; in such cases people would use the thumb, index and middle fingers to eat with as using more than that is considered “uncultured”. They may, if they are very traditional, serve the food in one big plate and all would use that same plate to eat. However, I don’t believe anyone would feel offended if a guest asked for different cutlery although some people may feel surprised and think to themselves “isn’t easier to use a spoon”? But I doubt that anyone would have any chopsticks available. The Arabs are not a homogeneous group, so the above may differ from region to region, you may find some extensive use of forks among some, while other regions may continue to prefer spoons. What about your culture?