Can I say: "He took a savory bite" to describe how he acted when he bit the hamburger.

I say no teacher says yes. Have I lost my mind? Help!

He took a savory bite of a cheeseburger.

to me a cheeseburger can be savory but can the action also be savory? thanks

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    A "bite" can describe not only an action, but also the portion of the food that is torn off by the teeth. "A bite" in a sentence like "He took a bite of his hamburger" can refer to "the portion of the hamburger that entered his mouth." This portion of the hamburger could be described using any adjective commonly applied to food, like "savory."
    – herisson
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:00
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    What does a "savory" bite look like? I can imagine a "large" bite, a "tentative" bite, an "exploratory" bite but not a "savory" bite. Maybe you can ask the teacher what that savory bite looks like? Mar 23, 2017 at 19:08
  • ann, I interpreted your second sentence as I say no teacher says "yes," but @Kristina interpreted as I say "no;" teacher says "yes." I now think she's right, but maybe you could clarify?
    – Jacinto
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:42
  • Question is: Is the biting a savory activity, or is the bite of burger a savory thing? Instead of a scoop of ice cream I could taste an ice-cold spoon of ice cream. The ice cream is very cold, so the bit is cold, too. Mar 23, 2017 at 20:46
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    @sumelic I agree in principle, mostly because PG Wodehouse had no aversion to such statements. But I can't see it working every time with as much aplomb: ?He took a hot bite of his hamburger. Mar 23, 2017 at 21:35

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If "bite" refers to a certain quantity of food as opposed to the action, then the bite could indeed be "savory".

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