Hypothetically in the context of "What's your favorite restuarant to eat food? If they have food, I'll eat it.". Does the second sentence mean they would eat food at a single resturant or multiple restaurants?

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    I would interpret it as 'If they (any restaurant, using the corporate 'they') have food, I'll eat it'. In other words, I am not fussy; I'll happily eat anywhere. Note: it sounds silly and redundant to talk of a 'restaurant to eat food'. That's what you do in a restaurant. – Michael Harvey Jan 19 '20 at 22:50
  • Can it be interpreted as a single restaurant? – Toulouse Jan 19 '20 at 23:37
  • The first sentence is incorrect. A restaurant does not eat food. And it makes little sense; why go to a restaurant if not to have a meal?? – DrMoishe Pippik Jan 20 '20 at 1:57
  • Toulouse, any restaurant means any single restaurant. – Michael Harvey Jan 20 '20 at 7:37

When the person responding says, 'If they have food, I'll eat it', they are saying that it doesn't matter what restaurant they're visiting. If they're in a restaurant, then they will eat the food there. They're ignoring the question about which restaurant is their favorite and implying that they don't have a favorite. They're saying that they like any restaurant because what's important is not that it's a good restaurant, but that there is food there they can eat.

You might be confused by the pronoun, 'they', which is normally a plural pronoun. But in this case it is not referring to multiple restaurants. 'They' means the people running the restaurant where the person is.

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