A small boy ask his mom to pour so much sauce in the bottle:

"Mom, please pour all of the sauce on the pizza."

"Mom, please pour the sauce on the pizza a lot."

What would a native English speaker choose or say in this situation?

  • As an Italian I protest at the idea of someone pouring sauce (tomato ketchup?) on my beloved pizzas! :) – Mari-Lou A Dec 13 '13 at 18:17
  • @Mari-LouA - based on the context, I'm guessing that they are preparing the pizza. Yum. :^) – J.R. Dec 13 '13 at 19:02
  • But @J.R. sauce from a bottle? I still protest! :) – Mari-Lou A Dec 13 '13 at 19:06
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    @Mari-LouA - Things could be worse. A lot worse. – J.R. Dec 13 '13 at 19:20
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    alright mari :) no one beats italian when it comes to pizza :) (i'm honoring that) , by the way thanks for the answer guys. Now i get the clear idea to use a lot , and all when i want to buy pizzas Yum :) – laruffii Dec 13 '13 at 19:36

It depends on how much "so much" is.

If the container will be empty at the end, then your first sentence is just fine:

"Please pour all (of) the sauce on the pizza."

The preposition is optional. In this context, all the sauce and all of the sauce mean the same thing.

However, if the boy is just asking for "a lot of sauce" (but not the entire contents of the jar or bottle):

Please pour a lot of sauce on the pizza.

If this conversation was between me and my local pizzaria, instead of a boy and his mom, I might use less formal terminology:

Please go heavy on the sauce.

which is a request to use more sauce than usual. Another way to make the same request would be:

Can I have extra sauce, please?

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    Itza pizzeria! :-) – Mari-Lou A Dec 13 '13 at 19:24
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    @Mari-Lou - I cannot bring myself to fix my spelling error, because it would render your comment obsolete. – J.R. Dec 14 '13 at 1:34
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    +1 But I don't know too many natives that would use pour- they'd probably use put instead. – Jim Dec 14 '13 at 5:16
  • @Jim - Excellent point. I spent so much time mulling over "all of the sauce" that I didn't pay much attention to the verb. One might use pour with something that was more liquid (e.g., pour some milk in a glass; pour some syrup on the pancake), but for sauce on pizza – which needs to be spread evenly with a spoon – put would likely be the verb of choice. – J.R. Dec 14 '13 at 10:18
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    @Mari-LouA - That's the point! Who would want "Itza pizzeria!" deleted? Not me. – J.R. Dec 14 '13 at 11:05

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