In my dictionary, beer can be countable and uncountable.

So, Let's have a beer / beer. Are they both correct? thank you : )
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Hi,

Yes, they are.

The word to choose depends on the context.

eg We'd like 5 beers and 2 cups of coffee, please.

eg Shall we have wine or beer with dinner tonight?

Clive
A beer is a serving of beer.

Beer is the substance itself.

a beer:



three beers:



beer (being poured):



beer (in a vat):



This last one is definitely not "abeer". Emotion: smile

CJ
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Wow... Thanks for the clear explanation.

SO... 3rd one is uncountable right?
CalifJim This last one is definitely not "a beer". CJ
You so did not go to the same fraternity parties I did!
So, the American goes into a British pub and says 'Give me the closest thing you have to American beer'.

The bartender brings him a glass of water.

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At least it would have been served ice cold! Emotion: embarrassed

(You won't find me drinking Bud, Schlitz, Coors, or Michelob.)
They still make Schlitz?
mr1binSO... 3rd one is uncountable right?
Right. Countability is related to boundedness. Beer being poured has no 'boundaries', so to speak. Pour it on the table, and it will just run all over the place. That is (partially) what is meant by 'uncountable', and it is why all liquids are uncountable unless 'bounded' by some solid object like a bottle or a can or a glass. In the last picture, even though the vat forms 'boundaries', the boundaries are very large - so large that we can't reasonably associate so much liquid with a single serving that a person might drink, so all of that liquid is not considered "abeer"! Emotion: smile

Likewise, you may ask a waiter to bring you "a water" (a glass of water), but you can't go to the beach, point to the ocean, and correctly claim, "That's awater". Emotion: smile

CJ
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