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    Use of some and a

    Why do we use a instead of some in these sentences although the nouns are uncountable ?

    1/ I would like a coffee please.
    2/ Can I have a beer please.

    And here why do we use some?
    1/ I want some water if you don't mind.
    2/ There is some coffee if you like.

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    Re: Use of some and a

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    Why do we use 'a' instead of 'some' in these sentences, although the nouns are uncountable ?

    1/ I would like a coffee please. ......2/ Can I have a beer please?
    We are thinking of a (cup of) coffee or a (glass of) beer.


    And here why do we use 'some'?

    1/ I want some water if you don't mind. ......2/ There is some coffee if you like.
    We are thinking of the drink rather than the container.
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