“Yes, I'd like to place an order for delivery?”

English Lesson: Yes, I'd like to place an order for delivery?

It's dinner time, but you don't want to cook. You call a restaurant to get some food sent to your house. When they answer, you start this way.

Yes, I'd like to place an order for delivery?

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I'd like to (do something)

"I'd like to..." is an abbreviation of "I would like to..." Use this phrase to ask for services at stores, banks, and so on:

Hi. I'd like to deposit this into checking, please.

I'd like to send this via registered mail.

I'd like to cancel my membership.

You can also use it in an email to someone when you're in a position of authority, like when you're acting as a customer.

It's also possible to write "I'd like to ___" in emails to your boss, if you're doing something that's normal and expected. For example, if you have a specific number of vacation days that you can use, and you're allowed to use them whenever you want, you can write:

I'd like to take off the week of April 3rd.

Yes, (sentence)

This is a polite way to start a telephone conversation with a business when you don't know the person you're talking to. You speak this way when:

  • You call customer support.
  • You call for someone at work, but someone else answers.
  • You call to make an appointment with a doctor, dentist, hair stylist, etc.


Even though the example above is not formed as a question, it would probably be spoken with the intonation of a question. When you're asking a question, your voice gets higher (in pitch) at the end of the sentence.

place an order

"Placing an order" means ordering something. You can "place an order" for things like:

  • takeout food
  • stuff that you buy through the Internet
  • a big shipment of supplies for your company

Grammatically, you place an order "with" the company that you're ordering from, and "for" the thing that you're buying:

I placed an order with Diamond Comics for 30 copies of the new X-Men comic.

However, when you're ordering food by phone, you can also say that the order is "for pickup", meaning that you'll go to the restaurant to get the food, or "for delivery", meaning that you'd like someone to bring the food to your home:

Hi. I'd like to place an order for pickup, please.