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OED mentions that beeves is now usually poetic for ‘oxen, cattle’. So you can use in a poem: Look at those beeves Chewing the leaves Beef also means an ox; any animal of the ox kind; esp. a fattened beast, or its carcase. OED says that this sense is usually in plural but archaic or technical. You can see the different forms through the examples in ...


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In certain parts of Chicago, we refer to multiple Chicago style beef sandwiches as "beeves". As in, "I'm going down to Luke's to pick some beeves, you want one?"


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It is hard to contrast one item with another in this way unless a) we explicitly mention the original item that the new one is being contrasted with or, b), we use intonation. Unfortunately, there is no explicit intonation in writing unless we wish to use orthographic devices such as italics: Like an hourglass, the device is made of glass and metal, ...


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I didn't have any trouble figuring out that you were talking about a clepsydra. The antecedent to the word "one" has to be "device," since the other singular candidates "glass" and "metal" (as construction materials) aren't countable. This is nicely emphasized by "like" and "except" I would drop the definite article in front of water: "water flows" ...


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In answer to your second query: Exception .1. We like coffee does not mean the same as We like some coffee. (implies some other is redolent of auspice, to quote WS) however, We would like coffee //would like some coffee (idiomatic and equivalent ) Exception .2. Some coffee is lightly roasted. is not the same as Coffee is lightly ...


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Let's consider the following: What would you like, tea or coffee? - I want coffee. I'm feeling rather tired. I need (want) some coffee. So, the question here is whether or not you can skip "some" in such sentences. As we can see, it really depends on the context. In a coffee shop, usually it's "a cup of coffee". "Can I have some coffee?" is standard in a ...


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You'd most likely use "some coffee" when there is a pot of coffee to take from, and you'd like some of it. If you're at work and can't function, so you're looking for something to help you wake up, you might just say, "I want coffee." But you could you either one in either of those situations and no one would criticize.



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