At a restaurant, I'd like to make sure that a meal doesn't have milk or cheese. What would be the right way of asking this?:
"Do you add milk or cheese to this dish?" ("meal" or "plate"?) "Does this meal have milk or cheese?"
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Both of these examples are correct. However, if the goal is to avoid a lactose intolerant situation, you might achieve even better results with the term "dairy."
Example: "Does this meal have dairy in it?"
If you are trying to avoid animal products for religious or other purposes, use the term "vegan."
Example: "Is this meal vegan?"