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Jack gave Billy a glass of some drink and asked him to add couple of ice cubes to it. Billy took the glass and went to the kitchen. Moments later he came back with the same glass of drink and some ice in it.

Should I use with or and?

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You can use and. Using and in the sentence you wrote, both these sentences would be true:

  • He came back with a glass containing something to drink.
  • He came back with some ice in the glass.

You could also use with.

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  • I said "both these sentences would be true"; in the sentence you wrote, it should be clear that the ice is in the same glass containing the drink, when you use and.
    – apaderno
    Jul 26, 2011 at 5:19
  • Yes, but I am afraid that your first sentence could also mean that Billy didn't actually add any ice to the drink, not? And your second sentence could also mean that Billy had poured the drink out of the glass and then just put some ice into it, not?
    – brilliant
    Jul 26, 2011 at 5:19
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"with". And while "drink" can be used as a noun, no native speaker actually does so except in an abstract context ("Would you like another drink?" "Can I buy you a drink?"). Once there's a specific drink, it's called whatever it is, water, liquor, &c.

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  • "Once there's a specific drink, it's called whatever it is, water, liquor, &c." But what if you were just sitting there in that eatery and witnessed that scene, but you were not sitting close enough, so you had no way of making out what type of drink exactly it was? Imagine, now you are telling your friend about what has happened there. As a native speaker, how would you describe that whole scene to your friend then?
    – brilliant
    Jul 26, 2011 at 4:56
  • A more likely native speaker utterance: Jack gave Billy a glass of something and asked him to add a couple of ice cubes. Billy took it to the kitchen. Moments later he brought it back with ice in it.
    – mgkrebbs
    Jul 26, 2011 at 5:01
  • +1 for explaing better than I could exactly why a glass of drink is not standard English. Jul 26, 2011 at 14:22

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