“I’m thinking about what to make for our dinner party. How about having fish?” “Nice! We could serve ______ as the main course.”
It or them? And why?
Posted by Anne
on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 8:10 am.
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not fair, not fair – too difficult!
Can i vote twice?
We had it for dinner yesterday. A variation of the above Indian recipe, substituting dried apricots and fig sauce and yoghurt for the tomatoes (which are not in season no matter how you slice it. Plus, to be honest, I had the ones Helmut bought for lunch.)
And we’re going to visit them at some Bavarian castle or other on Saturday to see how they survived this awfully cold winter. Will keep you posted.
Shaan Khan’s lovely dish
haddock (=Schellfisch) or any white fish
cumin seeds (Jeera)
green chili peppers
curry leaves (Kaddipatta)
Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla) or fish stock
curry power (coriander, cumin, turmeric)
balsamic vinegar (or tamarind or lemon juice)
also see http://www.rajput.co.uk
[...] Grammar Guru: Fish – it or them? [...]
* it (91%, 20 votes)
* them (9%, 2 votes)
Total voters: 22
That was a clear vote in favor of not giving your dinner a pet name!
why it is wrong to say:
i’ll buy a fish for dinner.
and we should use some instead?
the second question is that why shouldn’t we use any in this sentence:there isn’t a newsagent’s in the town.
1. It’s cultural:
Let’s buy some fish for dinner. (food, etwas Fisch)
Let’s buy a new fish for the aquarium. (a pet, einen Fisch)
We often talk differently about the dinner dish and the farm animal/pet, don’t we?
We might eat veal cutlet (Kalbschnitzel), but not many of us could slaughter the calf!
2. There isn’t a vs. There aren’t any
There isn’t a single shop still open! (kein einziger)
There isn’t a shop still open – anywhere! (keiner, norgends)
There aren’t any shops still open. (keine mehr)
not a (single) = emphasized
not any shops = countable, simple statement
Hope that helps!
What’s happened to all the shops!! I haven’t done any christmas shopping yet!
Hehe, actually, it doesn’t help at all, does it?
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