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I was having an interview yesterday and I was talking about people's tastes when it comes to food. The interviewer asked me a question about whether young people and old people in my city like the same kinds of food, and I said, "young people have different appetites for food than older generations." is it okay to use "appetites" in this context? I thought it would give the same meaning of "preferences"!!

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  • Have you checked a dictionary? Mar 22 at 13:55
  • [You were being interviewed?] Anyway, appetite for food is the main way it is used....appetite for other things (sex, drugs and rock n' roll, for example] would be other appetites.
    – Lambie
    Mar 22 at 14:08
  • Because for food is in fact the default sense of "appetite", it's not normally explicitly specified when that's the intended meaning. By somewhat non-idiomatically including it in your text, you're encouraging your readers to think of some slightly different sense that you might be trying to convey (maybe you're talking about young people's cerebral relationship to their diet, as opposed to the visceral relationship to whatever they're eating or salivating in anticipation of). Mar 22 at 14:54

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