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    #1

    This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Do you say ,"This coffee is better than the one I had yesterday"?

    I think "one" as a pronoun only refers to a countable noun. In the sentence above, however, it looks like "one" refers to "coffee", which is an uncountable noun.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Do you say ,"This coffee is better than the one I had yesterday"?

    I think "one" as a pronoun only refers to a countable noun. In the sentence above, however, it looks like "one" refers to "coffee", which is an uncountable noun.

    Thank you.

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    This could be written "This coffee is better than the coffee I had yesterday". You are merely pointing to a specific coffee - that particular coffee you drank in the past. You could also write something like this "This ocean is deeper than the one I saw last week".

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    "Coffee" is not always an uncountable noun. When we use it to mean "a cup of coffee" (which we frequently do), it's countable.

    Do you want a coffee?
    No thanks, I just had one.

    What did you do this morning?
    I went for a coffee with a friend, then went to the gym.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Coffee" is not always an uncountable noun. When we use it to mean "a cup of coffee" (which we frequently do), it's countable.

    Do you want a coffee?
    No thanks, I just had one.

    What did you do this morning?
    I went for a coffee with a friend, then went to the gym.
    It might be that this is just the west coast way but I would not ask if you want a coffee. It would either be a cup of coffee or some coffee. In a similar way, "I went for coffee with a friend...".

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It might be that this is just the west coast way but I would not ask if you want a coffee. It would either be a cup of coffee or some coffee. In a similar way, "I went for coffee with a friend...".
    Strange, I thought "Would you like a coffee?" was used everywhere. It's certainly ubiquitous in AusE. Note that I'm not saying everyone phrases it that way.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Strange, I thought "Would you like a coffee?" was used everywhere. It's certainly ubiquitous in AusE. Note that I'm not saying everyone phrases it that way.
    I do hear "Would you like a coffee?", but generally it comes from some of my Mexican ESL students. In Spanish the term is ¿Quiere café? This translates to, "Do you want coffee"? When I ask them why they added an "a" they don't seem to know. The don't say "Quiere una (a) cafe" in Spanish.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I do hear "Would you like a coffee?", but generally it comes from some of my Mexican ESL students. In Spanish the term is ¿Quiere café? This translates to, "Do you want coffee"? When I ask them why they added an "a" they don't seem to know. The don't say "Quiere una (a) cafe" in Spanish.
    This has happened with many mass nouns (of the food and drink variety) through the years.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    The article isn't obligatory. All the following are acceptable:

    Do you want coffee?
    Do you want some coffee?
    Do you want a coffee?
    Do you want a cup of coffee?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Do you want a caffeinated imbibatory experience?

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    Re: This coffe is better than the one I had yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do you want a caffeinated imbibatory experience?
    I'd rather have a shot of Jack Daniel's.

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