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06:20 May 17, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: Que van a pedir ustedes de postre?
in a book
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Summary of answers provided
naWhat would you like to have for dessert?
Berry Prinsen
naWhat would you like for dessert?Maria Arcelus
na"What are you going to order for dessert?" or "What are all of you going to order for dessert?" orMary Quinn
naWhat are you all going to have for dessert?
JoseAlejandro
naWhat would you like to order for dessert?Charmian Davies
naWhat would you like for dessert?
Davorka Grgic
naWhat are you going to order for dessert?Agius Language & Translation
naSee belowMagdalena Smoot
naWhat will you all have for dessert? or What will everyone have for dessert?xxxMichelleE
naWhat are your orders for dessert?xxxShirl
naWhat are you going to have for dessert ( as a dessert)
Bertha S. Deffenbaugh


  

Answers


12 mins
What are you going to have for dessert ( as a dessert)


Explanation:
Regards,:)

BD

Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
United States
Local time: 12:29
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 219

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gcaddy

Joseph Royal: avoid future tense
7 days
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12 mins
What are you going to order for dessert?


Explanation:
OR
What will you have for dessert?

HTH
Claire

Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 12

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Christine Salinas

Joseph Royal: avoid future, and the word "order"
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13 mins
See below


Explanation:
"What are you going to order for dessert?"
or
"What will you order for dessert?"

Magdalena

Magdalena Smoot
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35 mins
What will you all have for dessert? or What will everyone have for dessert?


Explanation:
If asked by a waiter (I assume given formal Uds.), usually he/she asks everyone at the table at the same time. Unfortunately, there isn't a "formal plural you" equivalent in English, so it's important to translate it in context and in a more spoken fashion (especially when in a book). By context, I mean location, e.g. if in U.S., different parts of the U.S. will speak differently (Southerners would say "What will you folks have for dessert?" The type of restaurant is also important, a formal restaurant versus a casual restaurant, etc..

Oh the many nuances of language!

xxxMichelleE
PRO pts in pair: 4

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Isabel Peralta
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57 mins
What are your orders for dessert?


Explanation:
In a restaurant situation

xxxShirl
Local time: 19:29
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1 hr
What would you like for dessert?


Explanation:

Probably a question asked by a waiter in a restaurant.

B What kind of salad dressing would you like?
A What do you have?
B Thousand Island, French, Italian and Russian.
A Thousand Island.
B What would you like for dessert?
A Nothing, thanks.
B . . . . . . Is everything OK?
A Yes, everything's fine.

HTH


    (This was an easy one.)
Davorka Grgic
Local time: 20:29
Native speaker of: Native in CroatianCroatian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 498

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Bertha S. Deffenbaugh

Joseph Royal: This is the best. Simplest, and doesn't use the future!!!!!!
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2 hrs
What would you like to order for dessert?


Explanation:
Situation in a restaurant:

Did you enjoy your meal, Sir?
Yes, very much thank you.
What would you like to order for dessert?
Well, what do you have?
I'll bring you the dessert menu. Our speciality is our home-made summer pudding..


    (wish my translations were like this)
Charmian Davies
Local time: 20:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 21

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xxxOso
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5 hrs
What would you like to have for dessert?


Explanation:
you in this case is meant as plural by the waiter

Berry Prinsen
Spain
Local time: 20:29
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
PRO pts in pair: 12
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22 hrs
What would you like for dessert?


Explanation:
It´s the standard way in which a waitress would take an order.

Maria Arcelus
Local time: 15:29
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 117

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Joseph Royal: the actual phrase heard in a restaurant
6 days
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4 days
"What are you going to order for dessert?" or "What are all of you going to order for dessert?" or


Explanation:
A third possibility is "What is everyone going to order for dessert?"

The phrase appears to be part of a conversation that takes place in a restaurant and in which one diner is asking the other diners what they are going to order.

If the context makes it clear that the speaker is addressing more than one person, you can use the first translation. If it is not clear from the context that the person is addressing more than one person, use one of the latter translations to clarify this point. I think I would be inclined to use one of the translations that specifies the plural nature of the word "you".

Mary Quinn
United States
Local time: 14:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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5 days
What are you all going to have for dessert?


Explanation:
Yes, "you all" is gramatically correct....it's the same as "y'all"

I believe this is the best approximation to "¿Qué van a..."

mucha suerte

JoseAlejandro
United States
Local time: 11:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 58
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