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A young man wants to get a job at a restaurant.

So the headwaiter puts him through a test to see if

he will make a good waiter.

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Boy: You're the headwaiter? I want to be a waiter.
Manager: What? You're looking for a job as a waiter?
Boy: Well, I think I would make a very good waiter.
Manager: Would you know? We'll see about that.
Very well, I'll try you out.
Boy: How do you do this tryout, this test?
Manager: Ah, I'll pretend to be the customer and you'll
pretend to be the waiter.
Boy: Oh, thank you. Ah, and now what?
Manager: And now you will look after me. Now, you will
serve me.
Boy: Serve you?
Manager: Yes, you will wait on me. You will serve me dinner.
Boy: Oh, OK, boss.
Manager: Ask me if I'd like to see the menu.
Boy: Would you like to see the menu?

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I have two questions


1- What does "you will serve me" mean in this dialogue?

2- What does "you will wait on me" mean in here?


Thank you

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A young man wants to get a job at a restaurant.

So the headwaiter puts him through a test to see if

he will make a good waiter.

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Boy: You're the headwaiter? I want to be a waiter.
Manager: What? You're loooking now? We'll see about that.
Very well, I'll try you out.

Boy: You're the headwaiter? I want to be a waiter.
Manager: What? You're looking for a job as a waiter?
Boy: Well, I think I would make a very good waiter.
Manager: Would you know now? We'll see about that.
Very well, I'll try you out.
Boy: How do you do this tryout, this test?

Manager: Ah, I'll pretend to be the customer and you'll
pretend to be the waiter.
Boy: Oh, thank you. Ah, and now what?
Manager: And now you will look after me. Now, you will
serve me.
Boy: Serve you?
Manager: Yes, you will wait on me. You will serve me dinner.
Boy: Oh, OK, boss.
Manager: Ask me if I'd like to see the menu.
Boy: Would you like to see the menu?

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I have two questions


1- What does "you will serve me" mean in this dialogue? Take care of all my needs, eg make sure I am comfortable, take my order, bring my food.

2- What does "you will wait on me" mean in here? It's a slightly more modern and less formal way of saying 'you will serve me'.

Clive

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Thank you, Clive


(Manager: Would you know now? We'll see about that.)

The original text is "Would you, now?". <<<

What if the original text is wrong?


Which is correct and what does it mean?

1- Would you, now?

2- Would you know?

3- Would you now?

(Manager: Would you know now? We'll see about that.)

The original text is "Would you, now?". <<<

What if the original text is wrong? <<<< It's not.


Which is correct and what does it mean?

1- Would you, now?

2- Would you know? In the context of this dialogue, this makes no sense.

3- Would you now? his is incorrect punctuation. The pause indicated by a comma shows that the word now is parenthetical.

The speaker inserts 'now' to indicate that he is a bit surprised by what the other person has just said.

Clive

Thank you, Clive

So "Would you, now?" is correct.

But I don't understand.

What does "Would you, now?" mean?

Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.

So "Would you, now?" is correct. Yes

But I don't understand. What does "Would you, now?"mean? I've tried to explain to you that this use of now is a way of adding emphasis that something is a bit surprising to you.

Let me add that it is a feature of at least one English dialect, ie the English that is spoken by the people who live in Ireland. A dialect is a dialect, and not everything about it has a logical explanation.

Clive

Thank you so much, Clive