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    Countable?

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...&dict=CALD

    1. I would like some coffees please. (This is correct? This doesn't look right to me ?)
    2. I would like some coffee please.

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    Re: Countable?

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=14722&dict=CALD

    1. I would like some coffees please. (This is correct? This doesn't look right to me ?)
    2. I would like some coffee please.

    Number 2 is correct.

    Number 1 is not correct, as coffee is typically uncountable.

    It is possible to use "coffee" as a countable noun when referring to cups of coffee.

    This is possible: Who wants coffee? How many coffees should I get? - coffees - meaning cups of coffee

    On occasion "coffee" is quantified by a specific or definite number in everyday language. I don't, however, believe that I've heard "some coffees" as it is used in your example sentence. "Some" indicates an indefinite number.

    Here's another possibility:

    Do you want another coffee? - meaning "another cup of coffee".

    It's possible to use the plural form "coffees" if we are speaking about types of coffee.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22co...rt=10&sa=N

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    Re: Countable?

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=14722&dict=CALD

    1. I would like some coffees please. (This is correct? This doesn't look right to me ?)
    2. I would like some coffee please.
    Colloquially, 'coffees' is used to refer to cups of coffee:

    I would like some coffees.
    We'll have some coffees.

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.
    You're welcome. :D

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