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    cereal or cereals

    Hi,
    should I say
    In the morning I eat a bowl of cereals OR cereal
    ?
    Singular or plural form??????
    Thanks
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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    should I say
    In the morning I eat a bowl of cereals OR cereal
    ?
    Singular or plural form??????
    Thanks
    Rip

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I am 99% certain that native speakers would use the singular.

    (2) This is true: This morning I did eat a bowl of cereal. It is called

    "Crunchy Nut." Delicious. Of course, I used 2% milk. A mature

    person ( = old person) like me has to avoid milk with too much fat.

    (3) When I go to the supermarket, there are so many cereals ( =

    brands & kinds of cereal) that I do not know what to buy.


    Respectfully yours,



    James

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Hi James, please, don't say respectufully yours: It makes me feel like I'm 100 years old..(hi hi); Why do you say you're 99% sure... aren't you a native speaker?

    Rip

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi James, please, don't say respectufully yours: It makes me feel like I'm 100 years old..(hi hi); Why do you say you're 99% sure... aren't you a native speaker?

    Rip
    Hi Rip,
    We don't laugh "hi hi" in English. It has to be "he he", or "hee hee" or "ha ha" or ....

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Technically, I guess, if you ate a type of "cereal" for breakfast that had more than one type of grain you could say that you ate cereals for breakfast.

    But I don't think most natives would.

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Ok, I'll change my laugh....

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hi Rip,
    We don't laugh "hi hi" in English. It has to be "he he", or "hee hee" or "ha ha" or ....
    ...or, if you have a long white beard, wear a silly red costume and ride around on a sleigh, "Ho ho ho".

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    ...or, if you have a long white beard, wear a silly red costume and ride around on a sleigh, "Ho ho ho".
    Or if you are the Jolly Green Giant.

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    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi James, please, don't say respectufully yours: It makes me feel like I'm 100 years old..(hi hi); Why do you say you're 99% sure... aren't you a native speaker?

    Rip


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thank you for your kind note. I believe in being very courteous and

    respectful. I think that our world needs more of such conduct. I am

    sorry that you are offended, so I shall in the future content myself by

    just reading others' answers to your always interesting questions.


    (2) Being a native speaker is no guarantee of anything. Many of the

    learners here know grammar better than do I. I learn much more from

    their questions than do they from any of my attempted answers.


    Thank you

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    #10

    Re: cereal or cereals

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Technically, I guess, if you ate a type of "cereal" for breakfast that had more than one type of grain you could say that you ate cereals for breakfast.

    But I don't think most natives would.
    This might be a BrE thing,but I would say a bowl of cereals, even for single cereal ones like cornflakes.

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