If I wish to eat some of the chocolate my friend is eating. Can I say:

  1. Give me a bite.

  2. Share me a bite.

  3. Let me take a bite.

  4. Can you share a bite?

Important: Does it have any taboos meaning too?

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    You forgot "Can I have a bite?" and "What about a bite?" and "Would you let me have a bite?" and "Let's have a bite to eat" and...
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 14, 2020 at 11:05
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    One potential taboo might be that "a bite" sounds like you're going to put your mouth on a large shared chocolate bar. If you ask for "a piece" or "a bit" instead of "a bite," then that implies that you'd like him to break off a bit of chocolate for you so you are not both eating from the same candy bar. Jul 14, 2020 at 13:01
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    Another potential taboo is that if your friend's eating a chocolate bar, you taking a bite from it would be as risky as drinking from the same bottle, or sharing a cigarette, in terms of transferring the Covid virus. Jul 14, 2020 at 14:55

2 Answers 2


Give me a bite -- grammatically correct, sounds a little like you are demanding a bite.

Share me a bite -- this is not correct English. 'Share' does not take a direct object like 'give' does.

Let me take a bite -- grammatically correct, a little awkward. It sounds like you're saying that refusing to 'let' the speaker take a bite is somehow unexpected.

Can you share a bite -- grammatically correct, again a little awkward.

Ways I might expect it to be phrased:

May I please have a bite?

Can I have a bite?

Would you please let me have a bite? (or without please, which just makes it more polite)

  1. “Give me a bite.” This sounds impolite because an imperative statement is very often a command but adding a "please" at the end, will soften the tone.
  2. “Share me a bite.” this is understandable but not idiomatic. The speaker is asking someone to share his or her food. A more idiomatic request would be: "Can I ask for a bit of your chocolate, please?", "Can I have a piece / some of your chocolate, please?", or more informally “How about sharing a bite [with me]?” or even: "Spare me a bite.”
  • a bit = a small piece
    spare (verb) = give something to someone
  1. Let me take a bite.” Depending on context and tone of voice, this could be very impolite as the speaker wants to taste somebody's food without asking permission.

  2. Can you share a bite?” This is an acceptable way of forming a request but sounds a bit peculiar. It's as if the speaker is looking at the friend's chocolate greedily.

Other alternative ways of asking someone to share a piece of their food are:

Among friends and family:

  • That [chocolate] looks delicious.
    Let's have a taste. (very informal)
    Give us a piece. (very informal)
    Will you let me have a taste [of that [chocolate]], please?
    Could I just have a tiny tiny bit? (As you say this, show how small a piece you want with your fingers) enter image description here

  • taste = a small amount of food or drink to see what flavour it has

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