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i need some help when to use slice in a sentence vs cut in sentence. having trouble with understanding slice as thinly slice and slice as cut.

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The two are quite commonly used interchangeably, but 'to slice' is usually used to refer to cutting something into slices, not just making a single (or random) cut in something.

That's why you talk about slicing bread rather than just cutting it. Cutting is something that would not necessarily provide an ordered result; it would not necessarily produce slices.

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There is some overlap, to be sure. And don't forget "slash" and "slit". In cooking, to slice is to cut into relatively thin pieces. To slice retains much of its culinary cachet outside the kitchen, where it therefore has a decidedly facetious ring. "To cut" is the plain word with no baggage. It subsumes all the other words for what you do to things with the edge of a knife.

Try a few sentences, and post them in a new thread.

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slice an onion in half, slice here is cut rather than thin slice. see slice changed to cut in that sentence. thats where i get confused. when it means slice to thin slice and slice to cut?

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slice an onion in half, slice here is cut rather than thin slice. see slice changed to cut in that sentence. thats where i get confused. when it means slice to thin slice and slice to cut?

Cut in half means that you end up with 2 equal-sized pieces.

But it is common practice to cut an onion into slices, or slice an onion. So the verbs "cut" and "slice" in the context of some fruits or vegetables are used interchangeably.

Other "cutting" verbs in cooking

Julienne a carrot.
Chop an onion.
Dice a potato.
Mince a clove of garlic.
Cube a hank of ham.

Look at the pictures here: www.whatsfordinner.com/kitchen-tips/culinary-cutting-terms-images/


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what about if only says slice mushroom is this cut or slice as in thin slices

I do don't know this is posting here. Wanted to post to other of my post. But the question I have is if have a sentence with slice mushroom is this referring to cut or slice as in thin slices.

Sliced anything is cut into uniform thin pieces. Yes, you can slice an onion in half, but the word "slice" is unnecessary there. I would have said "cut an onion in half". You can't have "cut mushrooms" in a recipe, it has to be "sliced mushrooms" (or chopped or diced or minced or whatever). There is no rulebook for all this.

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Still confused when use slice or cut interchangeably and slice to have slices. One recipe have says only says slice mushroom usually see slice mushroom thinly not just slice mushroom. So don't know what they are referring to here to do

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