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    Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water. A

    Can you say?

    I have a bag full of water.

    VS

    I have a bag full of bottled water.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    They are both possible but they have different meanings.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    I'd like to ask a question.
    Can we use 'bottled water' as a countable noun?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    'Bottled water' should be uncountable, according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/water_1 See the 'COLLOCATIONS' box.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'd like to ask a question.
    Can we use 'bottled water' as a countable noun?

    Thank you.
    I think you could. A restaurant with a variety of them might say they have numerous bottled waters.

    Also, if I had packed a cooler for a picnic, I might say I put some "sodas and some waters" in there.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Bottled water' should be uncountable, according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/water_1 See the 'COLLOCATIONS' box.
    It depends on the context. If you're talking about how much of it you drink,then it would be uncountable. If you're discussing brands, then it could be countable.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    If I was carrying a bag containing seven bottles of mineral water, I would say "I've got a bag full of bottled water". In BrE, "bottled water" doesn't mean "water which has been put in a bottle". That could apply to tap water. It refers to commercially-available water which you buy already in the bottle. It is usually mineral water or spring water.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    It usually means the same in AmE.

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    Re: Can you say? I have a bag full of water. VS I have a bag full of bottled water

    Drinking water is also used in some countries for bottled ordinary water that has undergone reverse osmosis and been treated with UV to make it drinkable, places where you really shouldn't go near the tap water.

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    Clean, safe drinking water is possibly the most important factor in public health.

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