Can we put the soup / water (and other liquids) on the table while they are in vessels that hold them?

For example, if my friend brings me a plate with soup, or water bottle, could I tell him "put the soup or the water on the table please" even he doesn't really put directly the soup or the water on the table but he puts there a plate with soup or the bottle of water?

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    This question is very confusing (at least to me). You should probably edit it and explain your question a little bit better. I'm having a hard time telling what "both things" refers to: soup and water? Especially since the first one is a question, and the second one is a recommendation.
    – J.R.
    Nov 2, 2019 at 23:41
  • Thank you. I edited it. Is it better understood now? Nov 2, 2019 at 23:48
  • Yes. Why would you think you can't say this? Do you know a language in which it can't be said?
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 3, 2019 at 1:00
  • Because I was in a situation today in which I was told by a non native English speaker that it's not acurate to say it in any language. He caused me to ponder about it. Nov 3, 2019 at 1:09

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The short answer is: Yes.

In table parlance:

You can put the soup on the table. You can put the water on the table.

In the case of soup, it will be in a tureen and served into plates at the table. Or: It can mean put the individuals bowls of soup on the table, which have already been served.

The same goes for water except: the water would be in a glass or ceramic jug.

If the water is to be drunk from glasses, you would say: Put the water glasses on the table.

If glasses of water are ready to be put on the table, you can say: Please put the water on the table.

The water could mean: the jug of water or the individual glasses of water that are already poured.

Some people may use water bottles on tables, I don't.

  • When we put the meat on the table, we generally interpose a plate or dish, to stop the meat juices staining the tablecloth. Nov 3, 2019 at 0:11
  • Are you kidding me? Who said anything about meat? After that nasty comment you made to me on the other site, I can only think you are at it again. This is about soup and water.
    – Lambie
    Nov 3, 2019 at 0:36

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