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    When I googled "food and drinks", I saw some people use ""food and drinks". Some use ""food and drink". Are they both correct? If we say "Let's go to the supermarket to get some food and drink", do we need to use plural form of "drink"?

    When I googled the label for "No food or drink
    ”, I saw some labels showing “No food or drink". Some show "No food or drinks”. Which iscorrect?

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    Default Re: food and drink(s)

    They are both correct.

    I'd say that 'food and drink' is the more common collocation in most contexts.

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    Default Re: food and drink(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are both correct.

    I'd say that 'food and drink' is the more common collocation in most contexts.

    Rover
    Sorry, I still don't understand.

    If we go to the supermarket to buy various kinds of drink, are the following sentences both correct?
    1. Let's go to the supermarket to get some food and drink.
    2. Let's go to the supermarket to get some food and drinks.

    "A restaurant is a place which prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return of money." I wonder if it is correct to use "drinks" in the said sentence.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. There was a liberal supply of drinks at the party.
    2. There was a liberal supply of drink at the party.

    Would appreciate if you further explain.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 16-Mar-2013 at 17:04.

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    Default Re: food and drink(s)

    Your sentences are all correct.

    'Food and drink' is more common.



    1. There was a liberal supply of drinks at the party.
    2. There was a liberal supply of drink at the party.

    These are both correct. 'Drink' alone suggests that the drinks were alcoholic.

    Rover

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    Default Re: food and drink(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Sorry, I still don't understand.

    If we go to the supermarket to buy various kinds of drink, are the following sentences both correct?
    1. Let's go to the supermarket to get some food and drink.
    2. Let's go to the supermarket to get some food and drinks.

    "A restaurant is a place which prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return of money." I wonder if it is correct to use "drinks" in the said sentence.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. There was a liberal supply of drinks at the party.
    2. There was a liberal supply of drink at the party.

    Would appreciate if you further explain.

    Thanks.
    "A liberal supply of drinks" suggests a combination of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
    "A liberal supply of drink" suggests there was a lot of alcohol.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: food and drink(s)

    I agree with the previous responses, but would like to add that when we go to the supermarket, it is for food and drinks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with the previous responses, but would like to add that when we go to the supermarket, it is for food and drinks.
    Yes and no. If I were having a party and went to the supermarket for provisions, I would say "I'm going to the supermarket to get [the] food and drink [for the party]".
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