Recently my friend from another country stated this phrase

If you don't like me, then don't put coffee for me!.

I was puzzled when I heard it for first time, then I asked him what the meaning of it was, and he said it meant

If you don't like me, then don't prepare me food along with yours.

Is this phrase correct? How could one create more phrases like this?

  • What country was he from?
    – user3169
    Dec 2, 2014 at 4:50
  • indian, but currently stay in netherlands for educational. Dec 2, 2014 at 5:03
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    It not quite correct- one does not "put" coffee. It could be, "Then don't make me coffee". Or, "Then don't serve me coffee.". Or, "don't share your coffee with me."
    – Jim
    Dec 2, 2014 at 5:58
  • He was basically saying, "If you don't like me, don't do what I like." So, if you like him... I think you know what he wanted you to do for him. :-) Dec 2, 2014 at 11:22

2 Answers 2


It's not correct. We can say:

If you don't like me, (then) don't make coffee for me.


It's possible it's a quirk of Indian English.

Rare but also acceptable phrasings would also be

If you don't like me, (then) don't put out coffee for me.

If you don't like me, (then) don't put on coffee for me.

put out = offer [don't offer me refreshments]

put on = prepare/heat/make [again, don't make coffee for me]

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