“They're a little bland, don't you think?”

English Lesson: They're a little bland, don't you think?

You're having dinner at a restaurant. You and your friend ordered spicy chicken wings, but when you taste them they're not as spicy as you'd like. You comment on them to your friend.

They're a little bland, don't you think?

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don't you think?

Use this question to ask for agreement from a listener. People use this expression when:

  • they're making a suggestion:

    You should ask the professor for help, don't you think?

  • they want to state their opinion, but they don't feel confident enough to just directly say it
  • they want the listeners to feel included in the statement

    Wow. I love this place. It's great, don't you think?

  • they want the listener to admit that something is true:

    You're too old for that, don't you think?

(food) is bland

"Bland" food doesn't have much flavor.

Use "bland" to describe food that's supposed to be:

  • spicy
  • salty
  • flavored with spices

...but isn't. You probably shouldn't describe simple foods like bread or fruit as "bland".

"Bland" is always a negative description. If you want to describe food that doesn't have much flavor positively, you can say things like:

They're mild.

They have a really subtle flavor.