enter image description here You spoon-fed your son by spooning some soup or a piece of pancake into his mouth.

When while holding the spoon in front of him, is it correct to say "Yum! Yum! Take a bite"?

I don't understand why some native speakers decide to say like that because the boy didn't bite a piece from a large piece.

I think the correct way is to say "take a spoon / a spoonful of soup / a piece of pancake". But I may be wrong.


Check out this noun meaning of "bite".
Merriam-Webster "bite" noun 2

noun 2: food: such as
a : the amount of food taken at a bite : morsel couldn't eat another bite
b : a small amount of food : snack have a bite to eat

So, "take/have a bite" can mean to eat a small amount of food.

For soup, "bite" is less likely.

| improve this answer | |

Considering the context of feeding a small child, it would not be inappropriate at all to use a small, simply understood word like bite. If in the context of offering food to an adult you use the term, you can generally assume that a table fork or spoon will only contain enough quantity of a food to be considered a bite. So, in essence, you are not suggesting the recipient take a portion of the amount that you have offered on the spoon/fork/spork. You are offering them the entire contents of the eating utensil. Which is only a bite-sized portion of your whole meal.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.