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    easy quesition

    Which is correct?

    I don't like spicy food.
    I don't like spicy foods.

    THank you!


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    Re: easy quesition

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which is correct?

    I don't like spicy food.
    I don't like spicy foods.

    THank you!
    Both are correct.


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    Re: easy quesition

    Could you elaborate?

    What is the difference,
    spicy food and spicy foods?

    'I like' following by a noun must be plural. For example, I like apples, I like oranges, I like pumkins, I like cabbage, I like french fries, etcs.

    I like french fry is not possible, right.


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    Re: easy quesition

    Quote Originally Posted by teachmehelp View Post
    Could you elaborate?

    What is the difference,
    spicy food and spicy foods?

    'I like' following by a noun must be plural. For example, I like apples, I like oranges, I like pumkins, I like cabbage, I like french fries, etcs.

    I like french fry is not possible, right.
    "I like french fry" is not possible, but

    - I like this french fry. It is the only one that is not burned.

    - Can I have one french fry from your plate?

    - I like a french fry or two with my drink, but I don't ever eat more than two.
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    There is supposedly a difference between the singular and the plural of mass nouns. Here's what Wiki says about pluralizing mass nouns:

    Two common situations of this process are
    -when speaking of either servings/measurements of a substance ("Two waters please")
    -or of several types/varieties ("waters of the world").

    Presumably "spicy foods" is used to stress the idea of the many types/varieties of spicy food -- maybe thinking of its different functions (main dish, dip, sauce) or its varying origins (Asian, Mexican).

    I think it would be quite common to say, "I like some spicy foods but not others." This does carry the speaker's wish to stress their variety.

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