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Like others, I've never heard "drink" used as an uncountable noun except when following "food and." The other examples given seem rare, highly specialized or colloquial, or anachronistic to the point where I'm inclined to say that in the U.S. (at least), "drink" is not uncountable save for a very small number of idiomatic exceptions. In other words, it's not ...
Looking at the last half of the twentieth century in Google Ngram, it appears "bring drink" and "bring drinks" are similar in frequency in British English, but the uncountable is less common in American English, with a notable exception for 1986 alone.
I am a canadian who has lived in England for decades, and I can say with certainty that uncountable use of 'drink' is standard in England and sounds foreign in Canada. There are other countability or singlular/plural differences including 'on a tuesday' (GB) = 'on tuesdays' (Canada), and referring to companies in the plural (GB) vs singular (Canada).
To my English ears, most of the examples given acquire an Irish accent when I read them. I've frequently heard Irish friends say things like "He's a great one for the drink", so maybe it's more common among native Irish people. Oscar Wilde (quoted by Malvolio) was Irish, and Father Jack famously used to just shout "Drink!"
If a golf player's shot ends up in a water hazard, the feat is sometimes referred to -- with a heavy undertone of exasperation -- as "the shot having found the drink".
Articles are required only before discrete (countable) quantities. Drink is or can be a continuous quantity, like fish, sheep, grain, water, and anything else that can be measured and sold by weight or volume. Some things are inherently continuous, like liquids and powders: he bought flour. Continuous things can be packaged. Packages are countable. He ...
I feel this should be a comment, but there wouldn't be enough room, and the formatting [slightly amended] would be impossible. From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary (perhaps the only US dictionary providing the breakdown): drink noun; plural drinks Learner's definition of DRINK 1: a liquid that you can drink : beverage [count] We ...
The "someone" you have been speaking to is RIGHT. The OED has numerous uncountable senses of the noun drink, some from as early as 888CE. In the English spoken in the United Kingdom you will hear He brought drink to the party used, every day of the week - well -er as often as there is a party, anyway. I am frankly astonished that it is rarely used as an ...
Drink noun [C or U] alcoholic liquid: Do we have time for a quick drink? Whose turn is it to buy the drinks? UK - We ran out of drink at the party. (Cambridge Dictionary)
Are you confused whether to use has or have with "furnitures" and "armed forces"? I hope your confusion will be clarified after reading this answer. First, please know that the word "furniture" is an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns do not have plural form. Thus it is incorrect to write "furnitures." Be that as it may, "furniture" can be used in a ...
If it's a plural, use "have", if it's singular use "has". Furniture (note no 's'), as @Mari-Lou A points out above, is an uncountable noun (like "fish" or "sheep") which means that you call it "furniture" even if there is more than one piece of furniture. (There's no such word as "furnitures".) Therefore, it's singular, and so we use "has". Armed Forces ...
'Piece of garment' is not English. 'Every garment' is correct.
Garment is a countable noun: a piece of clothing. I'd avoid using "a piece of garment" to indicate an article of clothing. Ngram piece of garment vs piece of clothing.
In general "uncountable" nouns are not preceded by the indefinite article. Many of them are mass nouns, such as water, or abstract nouns, such as anger. See this description of them from edufind's "English Grammar" section: Countable and uncountable nouns The metaphorical use of cloak is generally not used in the plural. But it behaves differently from the ...
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