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    some ketchup/the ketchup

    Hello everyone,
    Which is correct?

    1. "Can I have SOME ketchup?"
    2. "Can I have THE ketchup?"

    Thank you.

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    Re: some ketchup/the ketchup

    Both are possible.

    The first is possible even if there is no ketchup in sight.
    The second is possible only if there is just one jar/jug/etc on the table.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Jan-2014 at 23:12. Reason: Fixing typo

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    #3

    Re: some ketchup/the ketchup

    Can I have a ketchup?

    What do you think about this?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: some ketchup/the ketchup

    You could say that if it was offered in single-portion sachets, as in many cafés and fast food outlets.

    'Please' would always be appreciated.

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    Re: some ketchup/the ketchup

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can I have a ketchup?

    What do you think about this?
    It would only work in a context like the one Rover suggested.

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