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I ordered some take out from a local Japanese restaurant. When I arrived at the pickup window, I was stumped. Do I say "itadakimasu?" Or, since the meal is ready, and I am leaving, do I say, "gochisousama?" I was stumped, so i just said, "arigatou gozaimasu." Wasn't sure that was correct...should I have said "arigatou gozaimashite," since I was thanking them for something in the past, ie, for having prepared and sold me the food? Input welcome!
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Unfortunately, I can't actually answer your question! I just correct mistakes compulsively... ^^;
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"Itadakimasu" is traditionally said before eating, but it is also simply a polite way to say "Thanks for giving [it to me]" (The literal translation is simply "I [humbly] receive"), so it works in more ways than one because you are receiving something, and it is food you have not yet eaten.
Of course, unless it is a home-style meal that an obasan has cooked for you, it's a kind of wierd to say something as kind as this. They aren't giving you a gift, they are simply doing their job of making food.
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