[General] The articles before junk foods and chocolates.

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Should I add an article before a junk food and a chocolate?
Let's say, I feel like a munch and a uncle chipps.
Is it correct?

One more question, I would like to ask.
Let's say, I am comparing two products of the same type like a toothpaste.
Pepsodent is sold more than colgate.
Does an article need to be added before "pepsodent" and "colgate"?
 

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Should I add an article before a junk food and a chocolate?
No. Note that 'a chocolate' is a single sweet made of chocolate or at least covered in it, as opposed to the mass noun that is chocolate.

Let's say, I feel like a munch and a uncle chipps.
Is it correct?
I don't know what these are, but it would be 'an uncle chipps' if there is such a thing.



One more question, I would like to ask.
Let's say, I am comparing two products of the same type like a toothpaste.
Pepsodent is sold more than colgate.
Does an article need to be added before "pepsodent" and "colgate"?
No article before Pepsodent or Colgate (but they should be capitalized), nor before the word 'toothpaste' in your sentence above.

See my answer above.
 

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Colgate is sold more than Pepsodent.
Can the above sentence only be written or said too?

I don't understand when "toothpaste" is a noun why an article can't be added before it?
 

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Colgate is sold more than Pepsodent.

Can the above sentence only be written or said too? Neither.

I don't understand why an article can't be added before [STRIKE]when[/STRIKE] "toothpaste" when it is used as a noun. [STRIKE]why an article can't be added before it?[/STRIKE]

"Toothpaste" is an uncountable noun. You can't have "a" toothpaste. You can have a tube of toothpaste, a pot of toothpaste, a brand of toothpaste and probably plenty of other examples.

More Colgate is sold than Pepsodent.
Colgate sales are higher than Pepsodent sales.
Colgate sells better than Pepsodent.

See my corrections above.
 

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Lays(junk food), 5star, park, dairy milk and kitkat (chocolate).
Are these all uncountable nouns?

Chocolate is uncountable but, people say " let's have a kitkat. I don't understand.
 

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Lay's (junk food), 5star, Park, Dairy Milk and KitKat (chocolate).
Are these all uncountable nouns?
No. They are all proper nouns. Some can be used countably and some can't. Lay's make crisps (potato chips) so we don't say "Can I have a Lay's?" We would say "Can I have a packet of Lay's crisps?" I'm not familiar with 5Star or Park but both Dairy Milk and Kitkat are sold in the UK. We would say "Can I have a bar of Dairy Milk?" and "Can I have a KitKat?" I'm not telling you it's logical. I'm just telling you what we say.

Chocolate is uncountable but, people say "Let's have a KitKat". I don't understand.
The word "chocolate" can be used both countably and uncountably. We say "Let's have a KitKat" because we refer to that specific bar of chocolate as "a KitKat". That's the same for most single-serve chocolate bars.

See above. As I said, it might not always seem logical but here are some more examples:

I'd like a KitKat.
I'd like a Mars Bar.
I'd like a Twix.
I'd like a Crunchie.
I'd like a Snickers.

I'd like a bar of Dairy Milk.
I'd like a bar of Fruit and Nut.

I'd like a box of Celebrations.
I'd like a tub of Heroes.
 
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