• No answer test1

    From Alexander Koryagin@2:221/6 to Ardith Hinton on Thu Nov 30 09:59:22 2023
    Hi, Ardith Hinton! -> Alexander Koryagin
    I read your message from 25.11.2023 00:02

    Hi, Alexander! Recently you wrote in a message to All:

    I learned recently that an English pie can be countable
    and uncountable.

    Uh-huh. And since you just happen to know an English major who earned her university fees working in the restaurant business...

    bla bla bla

    What does the latter mean?

    ... I can tell you the average pie is about the size of a dinner plate & may be divided into roughly six or eight pieces, depending on various factors such as what one's customers want &/or how many mouths one is expected to feed. Nowadays I know of a few places around here where one can get individual sizes. Maybe one couldn't years ago, but you didn't say when your excerpt was written. Singletons & childless couples were less common when I was growing up.... :-))

    bla bla bla

    She was sitting at the dining room table with the other
    children, two of whom were eating pie and ice cream with
    expressions of immense satisfaction."

    I understand uncountable ice cream, but I don't understand
    uncountable pie. ;-)

    Where I come from, ice cream is measured by volume or by weight... and I see you understand that. When you visit a bakery, however, you may notice it offers "pies, cakes, and pastries" for sale. You can purchase one or more such items as you wish or make them yourself at home. Either way I see that in this example there are probably one or more grownups & at least two kids who need to be fed, in which case the thrifty housewife would cut a large pie into servings (or pieces or portions) of whatever size she deems to be most appropriate. :-Q

    --- timEd/386 1.10.y2k+
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    Bye, Ardith!
    Alexander Koryagin
    english_tutor 2023

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