The norm for dining nowadays includes various cutting instruments, ranging from knives, spoons, and forks. These instruments are used on almost all occasions, depending on which country preferring particular instruments more than others. Therefore, attaining proper awareness of table manners is essential in dining in modern day.
The generally understood method of using forks and spoons are by holding them in a horizontal angle by using the first knuckle on the middle finger while the index finger's tip steadies and the thumb balances your instrument. As for the knife, the index finger tip is used to pressure the top handle of the blade to provide force and guiding to cut.
The fork and spoon can be placed either on the left of right hand of the table with the plate in the middle, depending on the person's preference on using the utensils. But fixed is the spoon used for eating desserts which is placed above your plate, alongside the dessert fork, both placed horizontally. A quick tip for eating soup with proper table manners is to tip and angle the bowl of soup away from your body and use your spoon to scoop it.
There are also tips to follow while eating a meal and wanting to pause rest the fork and spoon.
It is normal while dining to rest your utensils but this has to be done correctly. Instances of this particular situation are such as excusing yourself to the toilet or engaging in a conversation. You can lay the utensil(s) down properly by gently placing the utensil(s) on the plate you are dining from and face the utensil(s) down.
Beware that using your bare hands to assist the food onto your fork is considered very impolite and inappropriate, though your intention was to avoid creating noises with the knives and forks. It is improper to eat loudly using your dining utensils though most the utensils are made from metal or silver and the plate from glazed tile.