Help yourself

Are you familiar with the expression “help yourself”? You may hear this phrase when you’re invited to dinner by a friend. There’s a whole bunch of food on the table and your host says “Help yourself”. That means “Enjoy your meal”. In other words, you can eat, without asking, to your heart’s content.

If you want to be more specific about what’s offered to eat or drink, you can do so by using the preposition “to”. For example, help yourself to some coffee. Help yourself to some ice cream. Help yourself to anything in the fridge.

In fact, you can use this phrase for offering anything. It doesn’t have to be food or drink. For example, your friend says, “Can I use your phone?” If it’s okay, you can say, “Sure, help yourself”.

NOTE: The original story was first published in August 2017.

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