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Is food fuel or pleasure for you?

Do we need indefinite article in the question? Can we really count pleasure/pleasures or fuel/fuels? Your considerations please!

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    You definitely need an indefinite article in your question. Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 16:25
  • I have found a lot of resources where with no article, e.g.: _Obviously, food is fuel for your body, and filling your tank with the quantity and quality of food your body needs will help you operate at your best. “Running on fumes” or regularly filling up with foods that are low on nutrition will leave you feeling lackluster. But food is also pleasure._https://www.seattletimes.com/
    – anna299
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 16:37
  • "Do we need an indefinite article in the question?" And after {e.g.} we normally expect an example. Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 16:38
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    It is not my personal opinion: you need an article in that sentence. Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 16:51
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    @anna299 - Rattler was referring to your question “Do we need indefinite article in the question?” which does indeed need be “Do we need an indefinite article...”.
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 21:28

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Do we need indefinite article in the question?

No. "Is food fuel or pleasure for you?" is correct, and does not require an indefinite article.

Can we really count pleasure/pleasures or fuel/fuels?

Yes, both are countable words with plural forms. However, in both cases, the countable form has a slightly different meaning to the uncountable form.

A fuel (countable) is a type of fuel (uncountable). A pleasure (countable) is an example of something that gives us pleasure (uncountable). It's like to how "cheese" is usually uncountable, but we can say, "Mozzarella is a cheese from Italy." Some examples:

  • There isn't enough fuel in the car to get home. (uncountable)
  • Gasoline is a fuel commonly used in cars. (countable)
  • I get so much pleasure from painting. (uncountable)
  • It was a pleasure meeting you. (countable)
  • Watching a child sleep is one of the many pleasures of parenthood. (countable)
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  • Thank you! I have come across both: "Is food (a) fuel or (a) pleasure for you?"
    – anna299
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 16:58
  • Great! Remember to upvote answers you like and hopefully select one as satisfactory if you feel it answers your question completely
    – gotube
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 17:48

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