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    strawberries

    If there's anyone who like strawberries please help me decide to count or not these (which) I'm getting this year.

    Last year we had much more rain in the spring and it made everything in the garden grow better.

    A) I probably had two times as many strawberries as I'm getting this year.
    B) I probably had two times as much strawberries as I'm getting this year.



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    Re: strawberries

    Strawberries are countable (and delicious), so my fruity friend, you should use many.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Niigatablue View Post
    Strawberries are countable (and delicious), so my fruity friend, you should use many.
    Suppose a shop-assistant is asking a customer about the amount of strawberries the latter would like to buy. What would be his/her question?

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    Re: strawberries

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Suppose a shop-assistant is asking a customer about the amount of strawberries the latter would like to buy. What would be his/her question?
    "How many strawberries would you like?

    Note that, they are usually sold in containers. No matter, though, because strawberries is a plural count noun, as Niigatablue has said.

    Non-count 'sauce'
    How much strawberry sauce would you like?


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    Re: strawberries

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    "How many strawberries would you like?

    Note that, they are usually sold in containers. No matter, though, because strawberries is a plural count noun, as Niigatablue has said.

    Non-count 'sauce'
    How much strawberry sauce would you like?
    And then what should be the customers answer - one hundred and six, please?

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    Re: strawberries

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    And then what should be the customers answer - one hundred and six, please?
    You don't want to come to North America.

    Perhaps something along the lines of "two batches, please."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    You don't want to come to North America.

    Perhaps something along the lines of "two batches, please."
    I've been there.

    How about 'two pounds, please'?

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    Re: strawberries

    Cartons - aren't they sold in litte green cardboard cartons?


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    Re: strawberries

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    If there's anyone who like strawberries please help me decide to count or not these (which) I'm getting this year.

    Last year we had much more rain in the spring and it made everything in the garden grow better.

    A) I probably had two times as many strawberries as I'm getting this year.
    B) I probably had two times as much strawberries as I'm getting this year.

    ...twice as many....

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    Re: strawberries

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I've been there.

    How about 'two pounds, please'?
    Ah, metric in Canada, though.

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