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    #1

    Meg doesn't like a cake.

    1. Meg doesn't like a cake.
    2. Meg doesn't like cake.
    3. Meg doesn't like cakes.
    Which of the the above sentences is not acceptable?

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    #2

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    No. 1 is not correct.

    I don't like the (type of food).
    I don't like cake/chocolate.


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    #3

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    No. 1 is "not acceptable" and No. 3 is borderline "not acceptable" depending on situation/context.

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    #4

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Hi there,
    Do you mean the following are correct? But a singular countable noun should be used with an article 'a', 'an' or 'the'.

    1. Meg likes dog.
    2. Meg doesn't like cake.

    How about these:
    3. Meg likes the dog. (refer to dogs)
    4. Meg doesn't like the cake. (refer to cakes)

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    #5

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Meg likes the dog = 1 dog we know about
    Meg likes dogs = dogs in general

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    #6

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Meg likes the dog = 1 dog we know about
    Meg likes dogs = dogs in general
    Rarely, in some countries, you could also say 'Meg likes dog'; but it wouldn't make sense in parts of the world where people generally don't eat dog-meat.

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    #7

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Hi there,

    Is it correct to say like this:

    John likes eating cheesecake.

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    #8

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Meg doesn't like cake is a general statement about her likes and dislikes. This is the normal way of saying it. Meg doesn't like a cake and Meg doesn't like cakes would normally require some qualifying phrase about the cake(s), such as Meg doesn't like a cake with coconut in it, or Meg doesn't like cakes with icing on. 'Cake' in the first sentence in this post has to be interpreted as a substance, like water or flour or rain, rather than as an individual object..

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    #9

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    Hi there,
    So is it correct?

    Meg likes dog very much.

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    #10

    Re: Meg doesn't like a cake.

    If she likes eating dog meat, then yes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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