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The question that I have is how to describe a side dish for my main meal. The options that I have in mind:

  1. I had a steak with fries as a side dish.
  2. I had a steak with some fries on the side.
  3. I had a steak with fries side dish.

Of course, it might happen that all these options are incorrect. I would like to know what the most common expression is.

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The most common forms:

  • X with a side of Y
  • X and a side of Y
  • X with Y
  • X and Y

The latter two can only be used when Y is known to always be a side dish, such as fries. Never use them when they could be misinterpreted as a compound main dish.

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