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    Default french fries and drinks

    When I have to order at/in a resturaent
    Are the following correct?

    Can I have a French fries? Can I have two French fries
    Can I have a tea, two coffees, three orange juices, and two water?

    Are they countable? Are they correctly pluralized?

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    Default Re: french fries and drinks

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    When I have to order at/in a resturaent
    Are the following correct?

    Can I have [a] French fries? Can I have two [portions of] French fries
    Can I have a tea, two coffees, three orange juices, and two waters?

    Are they countable? Are they correctly pluralized?
    "French fries" is essentially the name of a dish, so in this case it can be seen as uncountable. If you ask for two French fries, what you might get is two potato chips.

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    Default Re: french fries and drinks

    But then saying 'two portions of fries' is too much effort.

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    Default Re: french fries and drinks

    And of course here we ask for "chips" anyway. "French fries" are regarded as a rather fancy way of naming the good old potato chip.

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