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As you know pizzas are countable But when you add another word like, frozen, does it remain countable?

Generally, when you add an adjective to a countable word are there any changes?

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I think that's rather informal to use it as countable –  lexeme Aug 7 '13 at 6:13
    
"Frozen pizza" is countable. I can't think of any examples where adding an adjective changes the countability of a word. –  Charles Aug 7 '13 at 6:16
    
If moreroz could write in full the quote from the coursebook, that would help us enormously! :) (unfortunately my version of New Headway English Course, 2000 (elementary) is outdated, but I see the context is "in a cafè". –  Mari-Lou A Aug 7 '13 at 7:02
    
@mplungan I contest the second sentence,as suggested by your edit, is found in the book. I happen to possessive the NHW; 2000 version and those type of "guided-discovery" questions are rarely found in these text books. Hence, my asking the OP to quote exactly the phrase in its entirety. –  Mari-Lou A Aug 7 '13 at 7:32
    
@Mari-Lou A, There is not exact expression. There is just a question which wants the student to match two words in the table.For example jam with a jar or bread with a loaf finally frozen pizzas with one pepperoni and one simple. Bye the way thanks for your help –  alex Aug 7 '13 at 7:43

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You can buy a frozen pizza from a supermarket. (countable)

If you have friends coming over for dinner then you might purchase three different types of pizzas.

  1. Napoli (anchovies and capers)
  2. Margherita (cheese and tomato)
  3. Quattro stagioni (four seasons)

So now you have three frozen pizzas to take back home and cook in the oven. (countable)

Once your friends arrive, and they are sitting at the table. You could ask:

  • Would you like some "Napoli" or some "Margherita"? (Here, pizza is uncountable. You are not offering a whole pizza.)

  • Which pizza would you prefer? (Countable, because the person can choose one pizza)

  • Which slice would you like? ( a slice of pizza is countable. You can have two slices or even four slices depending on your hunger.)

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Pizza is both countable and uncountable. If you are talking about the food then it's uncountable as in I ordered pizza for dinner. You could very well say that you ate a pizza or ordered a pizza(meaning one pizza). But when you are talking about the kind of pizza in general, it's uncountable. For example, I like oven pizza. However, you could very well say, I had an oven cooked pizza.

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-1 As @Mari-LouA has shown, 'kinds' of pizzas are also often countable: "In the freezer, I've currently got two Thin & crispy Vegetable pizzas." –  TrevorD Aug 7 '13 at 10:58
    
@TrevorD Not in the example I provided. –  Noah Aug 7 '13 at 11:13
    
I wasn't discussing your example. You wrote "when it comes to which kind, it's usually uncountable", and I disagree with the generality of that statement. –  TrevorD Aug 7 '13 at 11:19
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@TrevorD Fixed that part. –  Noah Aug 9 '13 at 12:14

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