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Let's say I'm in a coffee shop and a salesperson has just taken my order and then a second salesperson asks me what I want? If I say, "I've been helped", does that mean I've received my order and she may be thinking "Why are you still standing here when you already have your fix?"

By the way, what do you call a member of coffee shop staff? I'm using the term salesperson but feeling a bit akward. Please advise.

Thanks in advance!
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New2grammarIf I say, "I've been helped", does that mean I've received my order
No. It means someone is (one can hope) busy fulfilling your request.
salesperson doesn't bother me, but you can also say server or attendant. I've also heard one of the wait staff and one of the counter staff. In a bar, it would be the bartender. I assume you are not talking about table service, where the terms are waiter and waitress.

Suppose one of the counter staff has just taken my order, and then another asks ...

CJ
Thanks, CJ.
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Hi,

if I've ordered and I'm waiting for the person to bring my order, (ie if the act of helping me is in progress but is not yet completed), I'd say 'Thanks, I'm being helped'.

Best wishes, Clive
Clive, grammatically, your version is more correct. However, I've heard my version though I can't remember the exact context. When would you use my sentence, when you receive the order (guess that's kind of stupid to say it out)?
Hello.

Waiter: May I take your oder?
Customer: I'm being helped. Thanks.

Would it be okay to say "served" instead of "helped"?
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Hi again,

Clive, grammatically, your version is more correct. However, I've heard my version though I can't remember the exact context. When would you use my sentence, Probably never

when you receive the order (guess that's kind of stupid to say it out)? Indeed, why would I say such a thing?

Clive
Hi,

Waiter: May I take your oder?
Customer: I'm being helped. Thanks.
This example does not seem "authentic", because in most restaurants a table 'belongs to' a particular waiter, so only that waiter will serve you.

Would it be okay to say "served" instead of "helped"? Yes. But we often just say things like 'I'm OK, thanks'.

Best wishes, Clive
This example does not seem "authentic", because in most restaurants a table 'belongs to' a particular waiter, so only that waiter will serve you.

I'm afraid this system only applies to western countries and developed countries. In some countries, you will be asked several times even when it's clear you have been served (chewing a mouthful of noodles ) Just kidding. but the idea is the tables are not always assigned and sometimes, you get lucky. an extra fre e dish courtesy of some stranger.
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