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cuisine • side things • replace
 has to be • raw
  1. What come with my meal?
  2. I want to my french fries with fruit.
  3. Do you prefer carrots or cooked carrots.
  4. My favorite is Mexican .
  5. The best thing on the menu the veggie pizza.
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939 Mari's Favorite Foods
Mari talks about foods that she really loves to eat.

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What's your favorite cuisine?

'Cuisine' talks about a style of cooking or kinds of food from different countries.  Note the following:

  1. Thai cuisine is too spicy for me.
  2. I prefer Italian to French cuisine.

side things

Do you like any side things like french fries with your hamburger?

A side thing or side dish is a small amount of food serverd with the main course.  Note the following:

  1. I never order side things like fries, just burgers.
  2. The set includes side things like soup and salad.


I always replace the french fries for a salad.

At a restaurant we can sometimes change one dish for another.  Note the following:

  1. Can I replace the soup with a salad?
  2. It's time to replace the battery in my watch.

has to be

My favorite dessert has to be chocolate cake.

'Has to be' is simlar in meaning to 'must be'.  Note the following:

  1. The greatest golfer ever has to be Tiger Woods.
  2. Whoa!  It has to be the hottest day of the year.


I really can't eat onions raw.

'Raw' means not cooked.  Note the following:

  1. Sushi is basically raw fish.
  2. Raw vegetables are healthier than cooked vegetables.