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    Articles: I ate (a) pizza for lunch

    Hello,

    Someone has once explained to me that when talking about something you eat (as in I like eating pizza), "pizza" is uncountable. But if you think of the whole pizza (as in I ordered 6 pizzas for the party), then "pizza" can be counted. But some pizza places have individual pizzas for 1 person. So you can actually finish one whole pizza. In this case, can we say:

    I had a pizza for lunch.
    (as opposed to "I had a hamburger for lunch.")

    or do we need something like "whole" to emphasize the fact that an entire pizza was eaten?

    I ate a whole pizza for lunch by myself.

    Thank you.

    Nawee

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    Re: Articles: I ate (a) pizza for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    Someone has once explained to me that when talking about something you eat (as in I like eating pizza), "pizza" is uncountable. But if you think of the whole pizza (as in I ordered 6 pizzas for the party), then "pizza" can be counted. But some pizza places have individual pizzas for 1 person. So you can actually finish one whole pizza. In this case, can we say:

    I had a pizza for lunch.
    (as opposed to "I had a hamburger for lunch.")

    or do we need something like "whole" to emphasize the fact that an entire pizza was eaten?

    I ate a whole pizza for lunch by myself.

    Thank you.

    Nawee
    If you told me that you had/ate "a pizza" for lunch I would believe that you ate an entire pizza. But if you said that you ate/had "pizza" (no article), I would believe that you had something less than an entire pizza. And if you said that you ate/had "a whole pizza" , I would believe that you intended to emphasize the fact that you ate the entire pie.

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    Re: Articles: I ate (a) pizza for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    If you told me that you had/ate "a pizza" for lunch I would believe that you ate an entire pizza. But if you said that you ate/had "pizza" (no article), I would believe that you had something less than an entire pizza. And if you said that you ate/had "a whole pizza" , I would believe that you intended to emphasize the fact that you ate the entire pie.
    May I add something here?

    Maybe I got this wrong, but I feel that if you say "I ate/had a whole pizza" you imply that a) it was large and b) you usually eat less than that, and the whole pizza is an exception.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Articles: I ate (a) pizza for lunch

    'A whole pizza' is meaningless; they come in so many different sizes.

    If you told me that you'd had pizza for lunch that would be enough information for me. I really wouldn't care whether you'd had a small slice or a whole 16" job.

    Rover

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