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    Cool beans

    Hi,

    Should I say:

    Many beans or much beans?

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    Default Re: beans

    beans are countable so 'many'

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    Cool Re: beans

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    beans are countable so 'many'
    Thanks. And what about fish?

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    Default Re: beans

    If you are serving someone at table: "How much fish would you like?"

    If you are serving someone at a fish stall: "How many [fish] would you like?" {{Normally you would name the type of fish - salmon, cod, herring, mackeral etc}}

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    Cool Re: beans

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    If you are serving someone at table: "How much fish would you like?"

    If you are serving someone at a fish stall: "How many [fish] would you like?" {{Normally you would name the type of fish - salmon, cod, herring, mackeral etc}}
    Why not how many fishes??

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    Default Re: beans

    I seem to remember you had a problem with fish/fishes before: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...sh-fishes.html

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    Cool Re: beans

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I seem to remember you had a problem with fish/fishes before: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...sh-fishes.html
    Yes, it was the the fishes that still bothered me. (The omission of the 'es' at the end.) Thank you for being so tactful!

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    Default Re: beans

    Some noncount nouns:
    fish
    deer
    sheep
    money
    milk
    water
    bread
    advice
    rice
    help
    pride
    grass

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    Default Re: beans

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Some noncount nouns:


    1 fish
    2 deer
    3 sheep
    money
    milk
    water
    bread
    advice
    rice
    help
    pride
    grass
    Aren't 1, 2, and 3 count nouns, Ron but just irregular in their endings?

    Another couple of nouns with irregular plurals, elk & moose.

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    Default Re: beans

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Should I say:

    Many beans or much beans?
    If the beans were in a prepared dish, refried beans or pork & beans, then they would be viewed as a mass, hence uncountable, Bieasy. In this case,

    How much pork & beans do you want?

    How much refried beans do you want?

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