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    "A" before "soup"

    Is it wrong to use "a" before soup?

    "Ramen is a spicy soup." Or if I say "My favourite food is Ramen. It's a spicy soup."

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    It's grammatically but not factually correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's grammatically but not factually correct.
    Is it the same with using "a" before "food"? "It's a traditional food."

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is it the same with using "a" before "food"? "It's a traditional food."
    Yes.
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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is it wrong to use "a" before soup?
    Not only is it not wrong, it is required!
    Those sentences are saying:

    Ramen is a/an [adjective] (type of) soup.
    It's a/an [adjective] (type of) food.
    In other words, "type of" is implicit in those sentences.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Jan-2021 at 17:35. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    No only is it not wrong, it is required!
    Those sentences are saying:

    Ramen is a/an [adjective] (type of) soup.
    It's a/an [adjective] (type of) food.
    In other words, "type of" is implicit in those sentences.
    Is this another difference between BrE and AmE?

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Where are you seeing a difference? All the responses so far have indicated that "a" is required in your sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where are you seeing a difference? All the responses so far have indicated that "a" is required in your sentences.
    Oh, I must have misunderstood GoesStation's explanation. It is grammatically correct but not factually.

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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Oh, I must have misunderstood GoesStation's explanation. It is grammatically correct but not factually.
    Right. Ramen can contain chili, but it's not otherwise spicy. Most ramen isn't.
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    Re: "A" before "soup"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Not only is it not wrong, it is required!
    Those sentences are saying:

    Ramen is a/an [adjective] (type of) soup.
    It's a/an [adjective] (type of) food.
    In other words, "type of" is implicit in those sentences.
    In this article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food) you'll find the following examples:

    a) Finger food is food meant to be eaten directly using the hands.
    b) Fresh food is food which has not been preserved and has not spoiled yet.
    c) Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming.

    Type of is implicit in all these sentences, but there are no articles. Are they wrong?
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