what do you have for breakfast/lunch/dinner?

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by gabofv, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. gabofv New Member

    how do you ask: what do you have for breakfast/lunch/dinner? I've tried this 你有什么早 /午/晚饭?
  2. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    I would say 你早饭吃什么.
  3. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie Senior Member

    English (UK)
    It depends on who you ask, the meaning of your question may be different and so is the translation. Do you ask a waiter or do you ask a friend?
  4. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    Asking a waiter: 你们这儿有什么早餐?
    们, in my opinion, is necessary. 你们 refers to the business establishment as a whole. If you say 你 (without 们), it sounds as if you are asking the waiter a personal question.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013
  5. placebonk

    placebonk New Member

    yes,just like xiaolijie said.

    1. if you are asking a waiter in a restaurant,you can say: 你们这儿早餐/午餐/晚餐 有些什么?
    the waiter may answer: we have coffee,milk and bacon for breakfast. we have chao-mian for lunch. for dinner, we have steak.

    2. if you are asking a friend about what he had,you can say:你早饭/午饭/晚饭 吃了什么?
    a friend may answer: I had dumplings for breakfast...
  6. gabofv New Member

    Thanks for your answers! They are really helpful
  7. piano0011 Senior Member

    hey guy!

    Are both the words zaofan and zaocan commonly used words for breakfast? Likewise, can I also use wucan for lunch and wan3can1 for dinner? thanks!
  8. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    They are both common, but can1 is more formal than fan4.
    For example, most restaurants would print can1 in their menu. But when you ask a friend about his normal breakfast, you'll say zao3fan4.

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