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    can we say like this?

    can we say " Don't mess with dirt over there. You have already taken the bath. Do you want to get dirty again? " ?

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainyday View Post
    can we say " Don't mess with dirt over there. You have already taken the bath. Do you want to get dirty again? " ?
    Don't play in the dirt! You just took a bath!
    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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    Re: can we say like this?

    I think we can use "You have already taken a bath" although the "you just took a bath" sounds more natural.
    Can we remove "a" before "bath" ?
    Thank you very much !

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I think we can use "You have already taken a bath" although the "you just took a bath" sounds more natural.
    Can we remove "a" before "bath" ?
    Thank you very much !
    No, you can't remove the "a".

    For info: "take a bath" - AmE; "have a bath" - BrE

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, you can't remove the "a".

    For info: "take a bath" - AmE; "have a bath" - BrE
    Is there any expression like "take two/three/four baths" ?
    If it isn't, how can we express that meaning ?
    Let me try first, "take three times of bath", is it correct ?
    About your sentences?
    Thank you very much !

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Is there any expression like "take two/three/four baths" ?
    If it isn't, how can we express that meaning ?
    Let me try first, "take three times of bath", is it correct ?
    About your sentences?
    Thank you very much !
    There's nothing wrong with "I've had three baths this week" etc.

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Is the use of "bath" similar to the use of "milk", "coffee" as a countable noun?
    E.g: "take a milk", "take a coffee"
    Milk and coffee aren't countable nouns, are they ? So why can we use them as countable nouns in some contexts ? Is these the short ways of speaking (I mean "a milk" = "a cup of milk") or idioms ?
    Is there any principle to do the same with other uncountable nouns ?
    Thank you very much !

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Is the use of "bath" similar to the use of "milk", "coffee" as a countable noun?
    E.g: "take a milk", "take a coffee"
    Milk and coffee aren't countable nouns, are they ? So why can we use them as countable nouns in some contexts ? Is these the short ways of speaking (I mean "a milk" = "a cup of milk") or idioms ?
    Is there any principle to do the same with other uncountable nouns ?
    Thank you very much !
    "To have/take a bath" is simply another way of saying "to bathe". It just makes it clearer that you're talking about doing so in a bathtub, as opposed to bathing in the sea.

    "To have a coffee" is indeed just a short way of saying "To have a cup of coffee".

    It doesn't work with all uncountable nouns though. "Bread", for instance, is uncountable but we wouldn't say "I'll have a bread" instead of "I'll have a slice of bread".

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "To have/take a bath" is simply another way of saying "to bathe". It just makes it clearer that you're talking about doing so in a bathtub, as opposed to bathing in the sea.

    "To have a coffee" is indeed just a short way of saying "To have a cup of coffee".

    It doesn't work with all uncountable nouns though. "Bread", for instance, is uncountable but we wouldn't say "I'll have a bread" instead of "I'll have a slice of bread".
    So "bath" here is a real countable noun. (and also an uncountable noun as I know) ?

    Does "two milks" mean "two cups of milk" ?
    Did you mean we don't have any principle to know what uncountable nouns can be used as countable nouns like "milk", "coffee" ?
    We must remember all these to use in right contexts, mustn't we?
    If so, can I get all list of these nouns to learn ?
    Thank you very much !
    Last edited by crazYgeeK; 01-Aug-2010 at 20:05.

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    Re: can we say like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    So "bath" here is a real countable noun. (and also an uncountable noun as I know) ?

    Does "two milks" mean "two cups of milk" ?
    Did you mean we don't have any principle to know what uncountable nouns can be used as countable nouns like "milk", "coffee" ?
    We must remember all these to use in right contexts, mustn't we?
    If so, can I get all list of these nouns to learn ?
    Thank you very much !
    I guess "two milks" would mean "two cups/glasses of milk" if you were ordering them in a café or something. I don't think I've ever heard it but that doesn't mean it's wrong. I just don't drink plain milk and nor do any of my friends!!!

    I don't think there's a rule you can learn for nouns that can be countable and uncountable. However, I found this website which might help:

    Nouns - Countable & Uncountable

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