[Grammar] Kimchi: side dish or side dishes

naweewra

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Hello,

There are many kinds of kimchi. So should we say:

a) Koreans eat this vegetable side dish with every meal.

OR

b) Koreans eat these vegetable side dishes with every meal.

Thank you.

Nawee
 

MikeNewYork

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If it is one side dish, use the first; if it is more than one side dish, use the second.
 

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I'm not a Forum teacher.

I should like, If I may, Mr. naweewra, to suggest this sentence to you: Koreans usually eat a new variety of kimchi, as a side dish, with every meal.
The sentence puts emphasis on the wide variety of kimchi.
 

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I am not a teacher.

That would make for an enormous number of different types of kimchi, don't you think? Over a thousand a year at a conservative estimate!
 

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Instead of "a new variety" one could say "one of the many varieties".
 
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