1. Table For:
This is from the title of our vignettes and you can use it when making reservations. You can call a restaurants and say, ‘Hello, I’d like to reserve a table for four at 8:00 PM on Friday.’
And this works in person to. You go into a restaurant and say, “Hello, table for two please?’
2. Do One’s Own:
Collins asks, “Do you do your own cooking, Shota?”
The implication here is doing something for oneself, by oneself, that many people have others do. Like, ‘She sows her own clothes.’ Or, ‘He makes his own lunch.’
It’s very common for people to buy clothes or to buy their lunch. So we’re stressing that the person does it themselves.
3. Now That:
Wu says, “Many hotels and restaurants are accommodating solo diners now that more and more people are eating alone.”
Now that: we now have this situation; this set of conditions so…
Things like, ‘Now that I have a higher salary I can buy some new furniture.’ Or, ‘I can take a vacation now that I’ve finished that project.’
4. Quite a Change From the Old Days:
Collins says, “It’s quite a change from the old days.”
Ah! The old days. I find myself using this phrase more and more lately. It means a long time ago when things were different.
For example, ‘Back in the old days I wrote school reports by hand.’ Or, ‘Back in the old days no one had cellphones.’
5. Like Wearing A Sign Around One’s Neck:
Collins says, “Eating by yourself in public used to be like wearing a sign around your neck that said, ‘I don’t have any friends’.”
When something is incredibly obvious because of our actions. We are not actually saying it, no one is saying it, but it’s clear from our actions.
4. the old daysと冠詞のtheとdaysが副詞になっている事にも注目しておきましょう。