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What are the correct singular and plural ways to list pita bread?

Possibilities I can think of:

  • one pita, two pitas

  • one pita bread, two pita breads

  • one piece of pita bread, two pieces of pita bread

Are those all correct and equivalent? Are there other correct ways?

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    Figuring out what ARE the correct singular and plural ways to list pita bread is a real P.I.T.A. – Alaska Man Mar 17 '17 at 11:38
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Pita has been counted as loaves Merriam-Webster.com in English, as most breads have.

Google Ngram suggests "loaf of pita" is a healthy term, also "loaves of pita" Google Ngram, both terms having spiked in usage 30 years ago according the the Google count.

one loaf of pita, two loaves of pita

are correct forms.
Pita pocket is also used Google Ngram

one pita, two pitas

may be understood in context, but maybe not out of context

one pita bread, two pita breads

Generally, bread is not a countable noun English Grammar. Normally breads is used only when referring to different types of bread. One pita (or two pita) breads is incorrect in referring to loaves or pockets. .

one piece of pita bread, two pieces of pita bread

Pieces might be used, but the listener or reader will not know if piece refers to a whole loaf or pocket, or part of a loaf or pocket.

It would be best to use:

one loaf of pita, two loaves of pita

or

one pita pocket, two pita pockets

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    How many pita pockets did pita piper pick? – fixer1234 Mar 17 '17 at 8:14
  • @fixer1234 πέντε πίττα – J. Taylor Mar 17 '17 at 8:21
  • "Pita has been counted as loaves Merriam-Webster,com in English," I see no mention of pita in the linked page. IMHO, what makes pita so special is that it's not shaped like a loaf. – michael.hor257k Mar 17 '17 at 9:21
  • @michael.hor257k "a shaped or molded mass of bread", Merriam-Webster did not define a special shape for the mass., I do understand that many people think of "loaf" as a particular shape. I was defining loaves as it applies to bread, which "pita" is.. I am going to think on the wording. Thanks. – J. Taylor Mar 17 '17 at 10:14
  • @J.Taylor That would be πέντε πίτες. Which goes to show that the Greeks consider them countable, by the way, giving two pitas a sense of authenticity. – oerkelens Mar 17 '17 at 23:30

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