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    Default countable uncountable

    Although in your countries bread is uncountable because you don't count them but in Iran we sell bread based on their number and we count them.
    For example we say one bread, two bread, etc. Generally I think that bread is countable for us Iranians, am I right or wrong?
    Besides, I don't mean a loaf of bread or two loafs of bread but I think bread should be countable by itself here for us and I think the situation of being countable or uncountable is something deals with different cultures and we could say that something is countable that you think is uncountable or vice versa.
    I don't know... I'm not in the posision to say that, what's your guide?

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    I am not a teacher nor a native.

    As for me, I consider bread like wheat that is uncountable in its nature.
    In Russian bread is also uncountable. I cannot think of bread being countable in the meaning of crop. But may be in your language it is true. I think you are right in that there is something to do with the culture within the language is used.

    Respectfully yours, Alex.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Bread is countable in Turkish too.We can say 1 bread,2 bread...etc.In my opinion bread must be counted.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by gulesin View Post
    ...In my opinion bread must be counted.
    Not in English.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not in English.
    I know,bread is uncountable in English,but In my opinion it can be counted.In English bread is counted as''a loaf of bread,two loaves of bread,three loaves of bread.........etc.''But in Turkish we say 1 bread,2 bread.These are differences of languages.
    Last edited by gulesin; 05-Jul-2011 at 05:23.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by gulesin View Post
    Bread is countable in Turkish too.We can say 1 bread,2 bread...etc.In my opinion bread must be counted.
    In Russian we also can say something that one would literaly translate into English as one bread, two bread. But there are some contexts when bread is uncountable. So, I am sorry. In Russian bread might be both countable and uncountable. Will the bread be countable in the given context: 'Turkey has produced 1000 tons (e.g.) of bread this year' ?

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    In Russian we also can say something that one would literaly translate into English as one bread, two bread. But there are some contexts when bread is uncountable. So, I am sorry. In Russian bread might be both countable and uncountable. Will the bread be countable in the given context:


    In some cases it is uncountable in Turkish too.
    ''Can I get somebread''

    ''There isn't any bread at home''But we can't say'''Turkey has produced 1000 tons of bread this year' ''
    We can say Turkey has produced10.000 bread this year.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    It is very interesting that you might say that in Turkish. But I cannot say that I didn't expect to hear that.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by gulesin View Post
    We can say Turkey has produced10.000 bread this year.
    That makes no sense in English.

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    Default Re: countable uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by gulesin View Post
    We can say Turkey has produced10.000 bread this year.
    Not a teacher or native,
    At least you should say: "Turkey has produced 10.000 breads this year." while bread is countable.

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