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    Can I "liquefy" a countable into an uncountable material?

    Hello all.

    I am totally aware of the rules for countable and uncountable nouns.
    Thank you in advance for not flooding this thread with them.

    Now let's have a look at this:
    "I've got the swine flu."
    // "Wow, you'll need many many oranges to cure that!"
    // "Wow, you'll need much, mUch orange juice to cure that!"


    So far, so good.
    My question, then, is: can I "liquefy" the countable noun "orange" into an uncountable "orange material", and say:
    // "Wow, you'll need much, mUch orange to cure that!"

    To my Portuguese-speaking imagination, this sounds like "orange material", leaving to the readers the freedom to imagine orange "fruit units", "juice", "pills", "syrup", "syringe shots" =oP, whatever.
    But does it? Or it sounds unacceptably unnatural (and one really needs to specify how they're using oranges)?

    I've never dared to use this structure -- let alone teach it to my students, don't worry. ;o)


    Thank you very much,
    Planta.

    P.S.: My first forum submission at usingenglish.com ever! =o) Yay.

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    Re: Can I "liquefy" a countable into an uncountable material?

    Welcome Planta!

    RE: "Wow, you'll need much, much orange to cure that!"

    Using 'much orange' in that way would work, yes, but only within a certain context: if you and your friend know that 'much orange' means orange liquid.

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