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    Use of 'some'

    Which of the following sentences are more natural or correct?

    1. She wants to have fish and some noodles for dinner.
    2. She wants to have some fish and noodles for dinner.
    2. She wants to have some fish and some noodles for dinner.

    When we are talking about eating food, what is the difference of using 'some' and zero article before food?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 28-May-2012 at 09:08.

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    Re: Use of 'some'

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Which of the following sentences are more natural or correct?

    1. She wants to have fish and some noodles for dinner.
    2. She wants to have some fish and noodles for dinner.
    2. She wants to have some fish and some noodles for dinner.

    When we are talking about eating food, what is the difference of using 'some' and zero article before food?

    Thanks.
    It would be much more natural to say "She wants/would like fish and noodles for dinner".

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    Re: Use of 'some'

    But they're all possible.

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    Re: Use of 'some'

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Which of the following sentences are more natural or correct?

    1. She wants to have fish and some noodles for dinner.
    This sounds unnatural to me. There is no reason to use "some" for "noodles" when you didn't use it before "fish".

    2. She wants to have some fish and noodles for dinner.
    This is fine. For me "some" refers to "fish and noodles" together, not "some + fish" and then "noodles" on its own.

    3. She wants to have some fish and some noodles for dinner.
    This sounds unnatural. Using "some" twice is unnecessary.

    When we are talking about eating food, what is the difference of using 'some' and zero article before food?
    Very little difference, if any. You can choose to use "some" or not, as you wish.

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    They're all grammatically OK, but I have added my comments about the naturalness or otherwise above. I agree with bhaisahab though, and I would simply say "She wants fish and noodles for dinner".

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    Re: Use of 'some'

    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    1. She wants to have fish and some noodles for dinner.
    This sounds unnatural to me. There is no reason to use "some" for "noodles" when you didn't use it before "fish".

    The above sentence sounds strange to me too as you said. That's why I asked the respectful English teachers here. The sentence is copied from an English excercise book from a famous English book publisher.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 28-May-2012 at 11:47.

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