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    like/grow and names of vegetables

    Another tricky thing, names of vegetables which can be both C or U and a specific context in which we want to use them. Which sentences are correct:

    She grows onion/onions.
    She likes onion/onions.

    She grows carrot/carrots.
    She likes carrot/carrots.


    She grows cabbage/cabbages.
    She likes cabbage/cabbages.

    .................................................. ................

    I guess:

    a cabbage - one specific type of cabbage
    cabbage - generally
    cabbages - a few types of cabbage

    But I feel it's not that obvious when it comes to talking about sth. we like or grow :)


    Thanks for replies.

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    Re: like/grow and names of vegetables

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    Another tricky thing, names of vegetables which can be both C or U and a specific context in which we want to use them. Which sentences are correct:

    She grows onion/onions.
    She likes [the taste of onion/onions]. One or the other.

    She grows carrot/carrots.
    She likes [the taste of carrot/carrots]. One or the other.


    She grows cabbage/cabbages.
    She likes [the taste of cabbage/cabbages]. One or the other.

    .................................................. ................

    I guess:

    a cabbage - one specific type of cabbage
    cabbage - generally
    cabbages - a few types of cabbage Use the second.

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    PS If someone does it professionally, you can say they grow cabbage.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-May-2014 at 22:13. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: like/grow and names of vegetables

    Afterthoght: that exception for professionals extends to other verbs: 'Next year I'll be planting cabbage in that field.' 'Can't you make more money from sugar-beet?' ... and so on.

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