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    Is this sentence right?

    I always have cereal, toast, and a cup of tea - never a cooked breakfast.

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    1. Is the sentence arove right with grammar?

    2. Is "breakfast" countable or uncountable?

    3. If it is uncountable, why the sentence has "a" before breakfast?

    Thanks for your time to read through my question.
    Last edited by Freight Forwarder; 30-Dec-2010 at 03:24.

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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Thank you so much!

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    #3

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The "a" is in front of "cooked". Breakfast is generally uncountable - "I'll have breakfast now. You have specified a certain breakfast - a cooked breakfast. An article ("I'll have a quite breakfast, I'll have the popular breakfast") is required when a specific breakfast is noted.
    Should I memorize that "a cooked breakfast" is countable?
    Last edited by vgv8; 30-Dec-2010 at 14:10.

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    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    Should I memorize that "a cooked breakfast" is countable?
    No. Whilst it is possible to have and eat, say, three breakfasts one after the other 'breakfast' with or without a descriptor is not countable.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    Should I memorize that "a cooked breakfast" is countable?
    No. You should memorize that an otherwise uncountable noun takes an article when it's modified.

    She experienced happiness. She experienced a happiness never before experienced.
    We all pray for peace. We hope for an everlasting peace.
    I enjoy chocolate. A like a really dark chocolate.
    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: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    No. Whilst it is possible to have and eat, say, three breakfasts one after the other 'breakfast' with or without a descriptor is not countable.
    IS it correct to write "three breakfasts" (with ending "s")?

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    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Yes. This tour package include four nights at the hotel, four breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners.
    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: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No. You should memorize that an otherwise uncountable noun takes an article when it's modified.
    I have never heard of that.

    So it's also correct to say:
    I have a bad news.


    I would say:
    I have some bad news.

    Cheers!

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    #9

    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    IS it correct to write "three breakfasts" (with ending "s")?
    Sure. If I got up really early, I might have two breakfasts in one day.

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    Re: Is this sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I have never heard of that.

    So it's also correct to say:
    I have a bad news.


    I would say:
    I have some bad news.

    Cheers!
    Excellent counter example. Let me modify: It CAN SOMETIMES take an article, rather than always.

    The point I wanted to make was that there is nothing special about "breakfast" in taking an article in this situation (a cooked breakfast, a fast breakfast), but that it works way with many (although as you have just shown, not all) uncountable nouns.
    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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