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    #1

    describing how to prepare food - articles

    I'm not sure how to give instructions concerning the way food is prepared. When I have nouns which are names of vegetables I don't know if I should treat them as countable or uncountable nouns and thus what articles I should use.
    Which sentences are correct:

    cucumber - in dictionaries it's stated it's both U and C noun

    Cut cucumber.
    Cut a cucumber.
    Cut the cucumber.
    Cut some cucumber.

    lettuce - again both U and C

    Cut lettuce.
    Cut a lettuce.
    Cut the lettuce.
    Cut some lettuce.


    Thanks for all the replies .
    Last edited by marker; 27-Oct-2013 at 21:11.

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I'm not sure how to give instructions concerning the way food is prepared. When I have nouns which are names of vegetables I don't know if I should treat them as countable or uncountable nouns and thus what articles I should use.
    Which sentences are correct:

    cucumber - in dictionaries it's stated it's both U and C noun

    Cut cucumber.
    Cut a cucumber.
    Cut the cucumber.
    Cut some cucumber.

    lettuce - again both U and C

    Cut lettuce.
    Cut a lettuce.
    Cut the lettuce.
    Cut some lettuce.


    Thanks for all the replies .
    In both examples the second, third and fourth options are possible depending on the context.

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Cut a lettuce. - when I mention it for the 1st time
    Cut the lettuce. - when I've already mentioned it
    Cut some lettuce. - when there's more than one cucumber used or when there's only some part of it used

    Am I right?

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Usually, when giving food preparation instructions, the first thing you do is list the ingredients. Each food has been listed in the ingredients list so after that, you can use "the" as we all know which foodstuff you are referring to. For example:

    Tzatziki (Greek yoghurt dip)

    Ingredients

    1 cucumber
    1 large pot of Greek yoghurt
    4 cloves of garlic
    Approx 4 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp lemon juice

    Method

    Deseed, drain and dice the cucumber.
    Put the yoghurt in a large bowl.
    Crush the garlic.
    Add the cucumber and [the] garlic to the yoghurt.
    Stir them together well.
    Gradually stir in the olive oil until you are happy with the consistency.
    Season to taste (this means "Put in as much salt and pepper as you like until you think it tastes nice).
    Add the lemon juice and stir well.

    Chill for two hours and serve with crusty bread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I'm not sure how to give instructions concerning the way food is prepared. When I have nouns which are names of vegetables I don't know if I should treat them as countable or uncountable nouns and thus what articles I should use.
    Which sentences are correct:

    cucumber - in dictionaries it's stated it's both U and C noun

    Cut cucumber.
    Cut a cucumber.
    Cut the cucumber.
    Cut some cucumber.

    lettuce - again both U and C

    Cut lettuce.
    Cut a lettuce.
    Cut the lettuce.
    Cut some lettuce.


    Thanks for all the replies .
    In AmE, "cut a lettuce" would not be very common.

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, "cut a lettuce" would not be very common.
    Nor in BrE. We might shred, chop, dice, or slice a lettuce or, of course, simply strip off the leaves and present them whole on the plate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: describing how to prepare food - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Nor in BrE. We might shred, chop, dice, or slice a lettuce or, of course, simply strip off the leaves and present them whole on the plate.
    I agree with your response. I was also referring to the indefinite article.

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