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    Red face A coffee

    Thank you, all above. First I keyed the wrong word. But there is another question, I know "homework" is an uncontalbe word, so is "coffee". Americans always say "Can you give me a coffee?", Is it wrong?

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    Re: A coffee

    I have moved your post to a new thread.

    Please do not ask unrelated questions in an existing thread.

    "A coffee" means "a cup of coffee" just like "a water" means "a glass of water" and "a sugar" means "a packet of sugar" to go in my coffee.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A coffee

    Many words that are marked as uncountable in the dictionary can also be used countably:

    I like coffee. (uncountable- the drink)
    I'd like a coffee. (countable = a cup of coffee)

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    Re: A coffee

    The dictionary marks coffee as both countable and uncountable, see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/coffee Definition #2

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