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Language Point 3: Buying drinks

Most people in the UK drink in pubs with their family and friends. They usually drink beer, wine, spirits or soft (non-alcoholic) drinks.

Beer can be lager (fizzy and light) or bitter (non-fizzy and dark).
Amount or containerDrink
A bottle ofbeer
A pint oflager
A half-pint ofbitter
A half of shandy
Wine is usually served in pubs by the glass but you can also order a bottle to share with friends.

Wine can be described by its colour (red, white or rosé) and its taste (sweet or dry).
Amount or containerDrink
A bottle ofwine
A glass ofchampagne
A large glass ofdry white wine
Spirits (whisky, gin, vodka, rum etc.) are usually ordered by the glass or by the measure (a single or a double) but never by the bottle in a pub.

Spirits can be ordered with a mixer (water, lemonade, etc.), just with ice or with nothing at all.
Amount
Drink Mixer
A whisky
A largevodkaand coke
A doublerum with ice
Vocabulary:

A shandy (n): a drink made by mixing lager with lemonade

Champagne (n, uncountable): fizzy white wine

A G and T (n, informal): short for a gin and tonic

To buy a round (v): Often when people are in a group, each person takes it in turn to buy drinks for everyone in the group. You can say:
It's my/your/her/his round

Addressing people informally: If people know each other very well or if one person is much older than the other one, they might address each other informally using love, dear, hen, or pet. But it's not usually appropriate for a man to use these terms with a woman, in the way that Tim does with Alice



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