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    Cake or a cake

    I know 'cake' is a non-countable noin and we can count it by putting 'a piece of ..., a slice of..'

    Then which is correct between two sentences below?

    1. I made him a cake.

    2. I made him cake.


    1 sounds more natural to me but we cannot not put 'a' before cake.

    ???

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    Re: Cake or a cake

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I know 'cake' is a non-countable noun and we can count it by putting 'a piece of ..., a slice of..' No, "cake" is countable.

    They made 12 cakes today.

    Then which is correct between two sentences below?

    1. I made him a cake.

    2. I made him cake.


    1 sounds more natural to me but we cannot not put 'a' before cake. Yes, we can.
    I bought her a beautiful birthday cake.
    ???
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    Re: Cake or a cake

    Cake can be both countable, as in 2006's examples, or uncountable (I eat too much cake), but it doesn't behave the same way as bread.

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