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    #1

    I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    1) I can taste the brandy in this cake.
    2) I can taste brandy in this cake.
    Which is correct?
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    #2

    Re: I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    They are both correct.
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    #3

    Re: I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    In the first, the suggestion is that you know that the baker added some brandy to the cake during/after the cooking process. In the second, you are simply saying that you have detected the taste of brandy in it. They would be used differently depending on context.

    Jane: What do you think of the cake?
    Sarah: It's delicious.
    Jane: Can you taste the brandy?
    Sarah: Oh, yes, definitely. I can taste the brandy.

    Jane: What do you think of the cake?
    Sarah: It's delicious.
    Jane: What can you taste?
    Sarah: I can taste brandy and raspberries.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    I'm personally more likely to use the first when the given flavor is rather strong or pronounced.
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    Re: I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I'm personally more likely to use the first when the given flavor is rather strong or pronounced.
    How would you pronounce "the" in that case? In its strong form?

    (Sorry. I don't know how to type IPA phonetic symbols in a post.)
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    #6

    Re: I can taste (the) brandy in this cake.

    I don't do phonetic symbols either but it would be the relatively short "thuh", not "thee", in both instances in the sentence you quoted.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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