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Author Topic: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask

Offline Perikles

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Café owners tired of rude customers are starting to charge different prices....

This link is in Spanish, but the pictures say it all.   :great:
Джереми. Prurio ergo sum
κατθάνοισα δὲ κείσῃ οὐδέ ποτα μναμοσύνα σέθεν ἔσσετ' οὐδὲ †ποκ'†ὔστερον• οὐ γὰρ πεδέχῃς βρόδων τῶν ἐκ Πιερίας•

Offline warbey

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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #1 on: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 19:47 »


 Someyears ago I was fortunate to  go on a Freebie to Paris Longchamps fo0r a Day at the races.

 We had a short tour around Paris and called at a Cafe by Notre Dame.

 We followed the usual dash in and waited our turn in the queue.

 My Mate was quite intrigued how cheap our drinks were compared to the Others  We followed

 I said the remark of "well done" was a hint   following  My attempt to order in decent French..


 Politeness costs nowt.  :tiphat: :tiphat:

Offline Marion

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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #2 on: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 22:24 »
Café owners tired of rude customers are starting to charge different prices....

This link is in Spanish, but the pictures say it all.   :great:

Should it be "me pones" or "me pone"?
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Offline Nova

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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #3 on: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 22:36 »
Should it be "me pones" or "me pone"?

Me pone is the formal usted conjugation, while me pones is the informal tu equivalent. In Canarias, the informal is far more widely accepted than on the peninsula, so here you'd usually use the informal to a waiter or barman unless he was very old or particularly haughty.

On the peninsula you'd never hear a bank employee addressing a customer in the informal, whereas here the formal tends to be reserved for elderly and complaining customers and all other customers get the informal as standard. It's very lax.

Edit: just looked at the pic again, and I see what you mean!!  The same sentence includes the word puedas which is informal, so there's something funky there. It must be either "cuando puedas me pones..." or "cuando pueda me pone...".
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Offline Janet

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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #4 on: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 23:04 »
I think I'd just refer anyone looking for grammatical accuracy, or even logic, in signs like these to the many examples, in England, of English ...

e.g. Brussel's sprouts ...
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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #5 on: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 23:33 »
Or even just fish and chip's  :giggle:
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Offline Marion

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Re: Cafés, where the price of coffee depends on how you ask
« Reply #6 on: Thu 1 Sep 2016, 21:06 »
It looks like someone (grammar police?) had rubbed out the "s", which confused me.
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