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    #1

    a chicken/ chicken

    Hello, everybody!

    1) Can I have a chicken?
    2) Can I have chicken?

    In one of the tests I've taken, it says that N1 is incorrect and N2 is correct.
    Please, do explain why, because I don't seem to find any explanation in (on?) the Internet.

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Iryn_; 06-Feb-2016 at 22:01.

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    #2

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    That depends on the context. People don't ordinarily order "a chicken" in a restaurant. But one can order "a chicken" in a butcher shop or grocery store.

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    #3

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    there's no context, unfortunately, - only a separate sentence.
    So does it mean that with article "a" we're ordering a whole chicken, and without article - just a piece of it?

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    #4

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    If there is no context, we cannot be sure of anything. Where did you find this context-free sentence?

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    #5

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    That was a sentence from the exam worksheet.

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    #6

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    My neighbors might look at me strangely if I asked "Can I have a chicken?" But then they'd ask, "Which one do you want?" (They raise chickens.)
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    ...or they might ask 'running around or oven-ready?'

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    #8

    Re: a chicken/ chicken

    It's not a good exam question because there are contexts when you could use the first answer.

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