Categories

See More
Popular Forum

MBA (4887) B.Tech (1769) Engineering (1486) Class 12 (1030) Study Abroad (1004) Computer Science and Engineering (988) Business Management Studies (865) BBA (846) Diploma (746) CAT (651) B.Com (648) B.Sc (643) JEE Mains (618) Mechanical Engineering (574) Exam (525) India (462) Career (452) All Time Q&A (439) Mass Communication (427) BCA (417) Science (384) Computers & IT (Non-Engg) (383) Medicine & Health Sciences (381) Hotel Management (373) Civil Engineering (353) MCA (349) Tuteehub Top Questions (348) Distance (340) Colleges in India (334)
See More

“I am puzzled by conflicting opinion on [a] coffee.”

Course Queries Syllabus Queries
Max. 2000 characters
Replies

usr_profile.png
NeelKamal Jha

User

( 5 months ago )

  • I am puzzled by conflicting opinion on a coffee.
  • I am puzzled by conflicting opinion on coffee.

These sentences are from a syllabus book. And I don't know which one is correct.

usr_profile.png
Garry Buttler

User

( 5 months ago )

Coffee is a mass noun, and therefore should not take an indefinite article. But there are constructions in English that exploit and extend this distinction.

In particular, if you do use a/an with a mass noun like coffee (tea, milk, rice, tofu, beef, etc), then you are referring to a particular kind (brand, variety, version, strain) of whatever that mass noun is.

I am puzzled by conflicting opinion on a coffee.
- means that it's a kind of coffee that you're talking about, not coffee in general.

I am puzzled by conflicting opinion on coffee.
- does not refer to any kind of coffee, but rather to all coffee.

(Note that this procedure can be applied to other kinds of mass nouns, besides food and drink;
but when it does apply to food and drink, the implications are automatically about eating and drinking)

what's your interest


forum_ban8_5d8c5fd7cf6f7.gif