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    Questions about singular vs plural

    Hi,


    1. I like apples.
    2. I like apple.

    Of the 2 sentences, I think the first one is correct. I don't
    know the reason though.
    Am I right?

    From a book:
    "Are you ready to eat? We have hot dogs and watermelon in the yard."

    In the above sentences, should it be "watermelons"?
    If not, could you please tell me the reason why it is ok
    to use the singular form?

    Thanks

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    1. I like apples (in general)
    2. I like apple pie, green apples, etc.

    "Are you ready to eat? We have hot dogs and watermelon in the yard."
    Slices or wedges: We have watermelon (non-count noun).
    Whole melons: We have watermelons (count noun).

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Thanks for the clarification.

    How about the word "meal"?
    Should it be used as singular or plural?

    - I have just had a meal.
    - I have just had meals.

    Thanks

  4. #4

    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    meals is plural

    eg You and your friend has a meal together
    We had some meals on the train whilst travelling
    We had two meals today ( Meaning 2 meals)

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Thanks Mags.

    If I have just had lunch, can I say
    "I have just had a meal"?

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    Slices or wedges: We have watermelon (non-count noun).
    Whole melons: We have watermelons (count noun).
    Is it ok to use a non-count noun WITHOUT "some" or "any"?

    We have (some) watermelon.
    Do you have (any) watermelon?

    Thanks

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Is it ok to use a non-count noun WITHOUT "some" or "any"?
    We have watermelon. (OK)
    Do you have watermelons? (OK)
    Do you have watermelon flavor? (OK)
    If I have just had lunch, can I say
    "I have just had a meal"?
    Yes. Lunch is a meal, one meal.

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    We have watermelon. (OK)
    Do you have watermelons? (OK)
    Do you have watermelon flavor? (OK)
    Yes. Lunch is a meal, one meal.
    Thanks for the clarification Casiopea.

    My question about "some" or "any" watermelon
    was in the context of the text from the book
    that i quoted in my earlier message.
    "Are you ready to eat? We have hot dogs and watermelon in the yard."

    If the person simply said "We have hot dogs"
    then how can I ask if there is any watermelon.
    "Do you have some/any watermelon"
    Or does it sound strange?

    Or, if I ask "do you have anything else"
    and the guy says "We have some watermelon"
    is that correct?

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    how can I ask if there is any watermelon.
    Do you have any watermelon? or Do you have anything else?, and the guy says, "We have (some) watermelon." Note, 'some' is optional in that context.

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    Re: Questions about singular vs plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Do you have any watermelon? or Do you have anything else?, and the guy says, "We have (some) watermelon." Note, 'some' is optional in that context.

    From this and prior messages i infer that
    for non-count nouns you may sometimes
    use 'some' or 'any'.

    Thanks Casiopea.

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