“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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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?
"Bland" food doesn't have much flavor.
Use "bland" to describe food that's supposed to be:
- 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 have a really subtle flavor.