Poll: 'Sugar' is considered to be an uncountable noun. "How many sugars do you want in your coffee?"

'Sugar' is considered to be an uncountable noun. "How many sugars do you want in your coffee?"

This is good English, and it is correct.
This is accepted in spoken English, but it is not correct.
This is not good English, and it is not correct.

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  • Added: October 2004

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Comments:

Luq_0105

Accepted in spoken English and is correct . You mean " cubes' of sugar
either or sacks of sugar. Understood
But just add 'you' for it's missing.
Moreover,I say this cause we says How many teas do you want?
How many coffees do you want?
etc.
Use it or lose it.

queenmaabd

When smebody asks "How many sugars'" They really mean to say "howmany spoonfuls of sugar?" or "How many lumps of sugar?".
I believe many people recognise it and use this for comfort's sake, even though we know it isn't grammatically correct.

boldra

good usage and correct. There are plenty of exceptions to uncountable noun rules, such as "monies owing", "waters of the Nile", and "two coffees". But like "coffees", "sugars" refers to an understood measurement of the substance.

FatGaz

Ok in spoken English, but surely it should be "would you like in your" and not "do you want in your"

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