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Chew with your mouth closed This is one of the most important table manners. It is considered impolite to talk or chew with your mouth open.
Use utensils appropriately Use your utensils according to their intended purpose. Forks are for picking up food, knives for cutting, and spoons for soup or cereal.
Wait your turn Wait until everyone at the table has been served before you begin eating.
Use the correct silverware Use the silverware provided for each course. Work from the outside in, using the utensils furthest from the plate first.
Keep elbows off the table Elbows on the table are considered impolite. Rest your wrists on the table instead.
Use a napkin Place your napkin on your lap, and use it to wipe your mouth as needed. Do not use it as a handkerchief or to wipe your nose.
Don't reach across the table If you need something that is out of reach, ask for it to be passed to you.
Don't talk with your mouth full Finish chewing and swallowing before you speak.
Avoid slurping Loud or noisy eating, slurping, or other similar sounds should be avoided.
Thank your host Always thank your host for the meal and compliment the food if you enjoyed it.
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