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A few drinks - countable nouns #1 (permalink) Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:57 pm   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #56 "Chit Chat: In the Aeroplane", question 5

Linda: I had a ......... drinks before I came on board and that hasn't helped.

(a) lot
(b) few
(c) little
(d) many

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #56 "Chit Chat: In the Aeroplane", answer 5

Linda: I had a few drinks before I came on board and that hasn't helped.

Correct answer: (b) few

Your answer was: incorrect
Linda: I had a little drinks before I came on board and that hasn't helped.
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why few?drinks is uncountable.and we use few with countable.

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A few drinks - countable nouns #2 (permalink) Sun Mar 05, 2006 18:55 pm   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Actually, drinks is a countable noun.

Examples:

I had two drinks last night.

He had too many drinks last night.

They only had a few drinks last night.

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A few drinks - countable nouns #3 (permalink) Mon May 31, 2010 11:02 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi, :-)

In this sentence drinks means gulps of smth.?

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A few drinks - countable nouns #4 (permalink) Mon May 31, 2010 11:05 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi Dina,

'drinks' means glasses of something.

Please avoid using 'smth' as an abbreviation of 'something'. You will find more details regarding the reason for this request in the forum introduction here.
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A few drinks - countable nouns #5 (permalink) Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:55 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Following this same subject, I would add the following question:"Have some coffe" or "drink some coffe/water" Is it supposed to be the same?? I mean,could I just say: "Drink a few coffe/water as well?
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A few drinks - countable nouns #6 (permalink) Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:57 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi, Gilson.

The word is spelled "coffee."

Unfortunately, the examples you've chosen are not black and white.

If you are referring to coffee generally, "few" is incorrect. If you perceive you are referring to cups of coffee, "coffee" can be countable.

I bought two coffees.
I bought us a few coffees.


The same is true of water.

Please go into the store and buy us a few waters.

You are especially likely to encounter these as countable in informal speech and writing, where "cups of" or "bottles of" are often implied.
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A few drinks - countable nouns #7 (permalink) Thu Jun 10, 2010 21:53 pm   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Thanks for the explanations and examples!!*Coffee*...thanks for the correction as well (*_*)
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A few drinks - countable nouns #8 (permalink) Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:19 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi Comenius:
Why I cann't say: a lot drinks, I mean it can be "a lot" or "a few" it depends how do you understand the sentence. Please explain me. thank you.
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A few drinks - countable nouns #9 (permalink) Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:00 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi Lourdes, of course you can say 'a lot of drinks' which means 'a large amount of drinks' (many drinks).
You can also say 'a few drinks' which means 'not many drinks'.

Basically, a lot of drinks is the opposite of 'a few drinks'.

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A few drinks - countable nouns #10 (permalink) Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:26 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hi Torsten:

Thank you, I understood the difference between both.
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A few drinks - countable nouns #11 (permalink) Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:56 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

You're welcome.

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A few drinks - countable nouns #12 (permalink) Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:17 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

drinks are countable?
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A few drinks - countable nouns #13 (permalink) Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:32 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

They are if they come in separate glasses.
It's like
"Do you want a tea or a coffee?" Which actually means 'do you want a cup of tea or a cup of coffee."

Would you like a drink? actually means would you like a glass (or other container) of a drink." - it's just that the specific drink isn't mentioned.

People talk about 'buying a round of drinks', for example.
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A few drinks - countable nouns #14 (permalink) Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:18 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Hello,

Still under the same topic. Which one of these sentences is correct?

1) Stomach ache after drinking a self-made drinks.
2) Stomach ache after drinking a self-made drink.

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A few drinks - countable nouns #15 (permalink) Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:26 am   A few drinks - countable nouns
 

Neither of those are sentences, just phrases.

If you use the plural 'drinks' then you should not use the article 'a':
He has (a) stomach ache after drinking self-made drinks.

If you use the singular 'drink' then the article is needed:
He has (a) stomach ache after drinking a self-made drink.

In both cases the article before 'stomach ache' is optional.
Using it denotes this particular stomach ache
Not using it denotes that thee type of illness known generally as 'stomach ache' is the ailment from which he is suffering.
Both are equally viable and correct.
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