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    #1

    You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    1. His girlfriend complaint, "You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream."
    2. His girlfriend complaint, "You don't even take me out to eat ice cream."


    Which one is grammatically correct?
    Which one is more common and natural?

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    #2

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Say:

    His girlfriend complains:

    You don't even take me out to eat ice cream.

    The phrase "an ice cream" seems to be short for something like "an ice cream cone" or "an ice cream sundae".

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    #3

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Yes, or: His girlfriend complained: "You don't even...." (The past tense is more common in written English quotations.)

    In American English, it would be more natural for her to complain: "You don't even take me out for ice cream."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Aamir, note that complaint is a noun.
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    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Sorry, guys I should have written it complained, I've been up all night and I was feeling drowsy while I wrote that sentence so I didn't notice it.


    1. His girlfriend complained, "You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream." (Wrong)
    2. His girlfriend complained, "You don't even take me out to eat ice cream." (right)


    and according to brother Charlie Bernstein it should have been like this.

    His girlfriend complained, "You don't even take me out for ice cream."

    And according to brother Tarheel.

    His girlfriend complained, "You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream cone/sundae.

    Because "ice cream" alone is a non-count noun, and when we add cone to it then "ice cream cone" becomes a count noun.

    Thank you all.

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    #6

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Aamir, it's not appropriate to call forum members 'brother'.

    For all we know, Tarheel and Charlie Bernstein could be women.

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    #7

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Some of us males prefer not to be addressed as 'brother'.

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    #8

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Aamir, it's not appropriate to call forum members 'brother'.

    For all we know, Tarheel and Charlie Bernstein could be women.
    Ok, Rover. I'll be careful next time not to call them "brothers". Actually, it is a cultural thing, in our society we call males as brothers and females as sisters as an expression of respect. I apologize if you guys mind it.

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    #9

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    I don't mind it. My name "bhaisahab" is Hindi and means "brother" .
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #10

    Re: You don't even take me out to eat an ice cream/to eat ice cream.

    It's OK to say take me out for an ice cream. It means the same thing.
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