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Hi,

I read the following sentences in a book. I don't understand why the first setence use 'food' instead of 'foods' . The second sentence shows that food is a countable noun.
Also as a side question, why there is no comma before 'and', in #1sentence, even though it is acting as a conjunction between two indpendent clauses.?

1. Go to a mall food court and make a list of food that is good for your health.

2. They try to avoid foods that are high in fat or sugar.

Thanks,

MG.
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MusicgoldGo to a mall food court and make a list of food that is good for your health.
I would have written:
Go to a mall food court, and make a list of foods that are good for your health.
The comma might have been omitted because the first clause is so short. There is little chance for confusion with such a short clause.

CJ
Hi,

I read the following sentences in a book. I don't understand why the first sentence use 'food' instead of 'foods' . The second sentence shows that food is a countable noun. 'Food' can be both countable and non-countable, and we often don't much care about making a distinction or speaking consistently.

Also as a side question, why there is no comma before 'and', in #1sentence, even though it is acting as a conjunction between two indpendent clauses.? Until I read posts here by some other students of English who mentioned this so-called 'rule', I had never heard of it. You'll read lots of sentences that do not use a comma before 'and'. I'd say that some factors that influence comma use are the length of the sentence and the complexity of its structure.

1. Go to a mall food court and make a list of food that is good for your health.

2. They try to avoid foods that are high in fat or sugar.

Best wishes, Clive
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Why foods? I remember foods and fruits are hardly ever used. Could you tell me the difference? I'm think I'm ready to attempt to understand them. Emotion: smile maybe not. But no harm trying right?
New2grammarWhy foods?
Because "list of". Emotion: smile I may be wrong but I don't think it's possible to have a list of X, where X is not countable.
a list of water? a list of sand? a list of appreciation? I don't think so! Emotion: smile
CJ
That's a great explanation!!!

Off topic: would you say a list of foods though? Is it the most natural expression when you go grocery shopping?
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Hi,
would you say a list of foods though? Not very often, that's for sure.

Is it the most natural expression when you go grocery shopping? Usually, you just say 'a shopping list'.
Clive
New2grammarwould you say a list of foods
No. shopping list is the usual term, or grocery list; perhaps you could call it a "list of items to buy".
CJ
I agree. Thanks, Clive and CJ.
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