When ordering in a restaurant, which of the following are ways to order tea?

I would like to have a tea.

I will have a tea.

Can I get a tea?

Could you get me a tea?


I think they mean the same thing. Are any of them incorrect?

  • It depends on whether you are asking for tea or planning to make some for yourself, and whether you want it now or later. Jun 15, 2015 at 8:17
  • If I am ordering a tea in a restaurant what should I use.
    – sac
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:54
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    in a restaurant, I'd go with "I'd like tea", "I'll have a tea" or "Could I get a tea". Add "Please" to the end of of those & you'll get a tea & a smile ;-) I wouldn't specifically ask if they can get it [your last example] as it's pretty much certain you won't be made to fetch it yourself. Jun 15, 2015 at 9:04
  • If somebody is asking me about tea or coffee.Can I answer it as.I will have a tea. or I would like to have a tea. or just say, "tea".
    – sac
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:06

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All of the options will result in the waiter bringing you tea, so in that sense they mean the same thing. However, in terms of politeness I'd go with:

I would like to have a tea.

Or even:

I'll have tea, please.

If you ask for tea, you might occasionally find yourself with a sarcastic waiter who'll answer "no" as a joke, but they'll still bring you tea.


The meaning is different. You can find more information about it here.

In terms of formality, “can you” is the most casual, “could you” is more polite and “would you” is the most formal and polite.

  • Please post short answers such as this one as a comment instead.
    – Vlammuh
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:22
  • I am new user, I can not write comments! Thank you. Jun 15, 2015 at 10:30
  • Given link explain Difference between Should, Could, and Would, that doesn't answer the OP's question.
    – serenesat
    Jun 15, 2015 at 12:21

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