You can eat with a fork, a knife, or a spoon…

…or you can eat with your hands.

He’s eating this sandwich with his hands.

He’s using his hands to eat this sandwich.

This is a place setting.

The fork goes on the left of the plate. The knife goes on the right and then the spoon.

Click here for a good website about place settings.

Many Americans use the word "have" instead of "eat" or "drink."

A: What are we having for dinner?

B: We’re having roast chicken and rice.

This video will help you with questions and answers for "have" in the present and past tenses.

But there are some other words you can use for eating and drinking.


take a bite

Someone took a bite out of this donut.

You take a bite with your front teeth.

chew = eat with the back teeth.

swallow = move the food down your throat

After the good goes into your mouth, you chew it, and then you swallow it.

lick and suck

You lick an ice cream cone or popsicle with your tongue.

You suck on hard candy with your tongue and your mouth

suck (or drink with a straw)

The word "suck" is also used when drinking through a straw.

They’re sucking on a milkshake together.

They’re sucking a milkshake through straws.


When something is hot or strong, you sip it.

He’s sipping some hot tea.


When you want to remove food from your mouth quickly, you spit it out; however, this is considered to be impolite.

He’s spitting out his wine.

other words for eating:

gulp / gulp down = eat fast

He gulped down his hamburger in two bites.

wolf / wolf down = eat fast

Dogs often wolf down their food when they eat.

other words for drinking:

chug = drink fast

Chug your beer and let’s go.

nurse = drink slowly

She slowly nursed her glass of wine to make it last longer.

How do you describe the way food tastes? Click here.

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