No, it also means one piece, but there is no stress on the 'one'. It would be rude to take more than one, well, not without asking first.
Thanks so much both.Use 'one' only when it matters. Yet again you gave no context, you can't expect a really useful answer.
'One' means one and 'a' means one too, not more than one.
If more than one was meant, we'd use a number or say 'some pieces of cake'. 'Some' with a plural means 'more than a/one.'
3. You are Hawaiian.
Would you like a cake? The cakes on offer are complete in themselves. They are not slices cut from a larger cake.
Would you like some cake.What is being offered is (usually) slices cut from a large cake.
Thanks a lot all.The usual polite offer is "Would you like some cake?"
Thank you so much.Many languages make no distinction between the indefinite article and the number one. English does and this allows a nuance. You would not normally offer a piece of cake and make a specific restriction about the quantity and therefore one would say "a" piece.
Thank you so much.Actually, it does – "a piece" is simply a more subtle way of saying "one piece." That's why I normally ask if someone would like "some cake."
Thank you so much both.We would never say 'would you like one cake'. As others have said, that would sound very rude.
If you are offering a plate of individual cakes, you could say 'Would you like a cake?'.
Copyright in post #13 is correct that 'a' means 'one'. But to say 'one' is to make it emphatic. One and only one. Don't even think of asking for two!Thank you so much.
When they are not slices cut from a larger cake, which one is more likely if this is a general invitation, a or one, please?
Because "one" is very numerical, while "a" is not.When a and one offer one cake, could you please explain why using of one is rude and using of a is not rude?
See post #2.
Copyright in post #13 is correct that 'a' means 'one'. But to say 'one' is to make it emphatic. One and only one. Don't even think of asking for two!
Usually when we are offering cake, we are being polite, so such emphasis is misplaced. It is a bit like saying please and thank you; they don't change what you are saying, but they do change the tone you are saying it in.
Thank you very much all for your help.Because "one" is very numerical, while "a" is not.
A: I'm sorry I misbehaved.
B: Ok, I'm going to give you a chance.
B: Ok. I'm going to give one chance.
Which would you rather have?
Cross-posted x 2.
Thank you so much.The host of the party is my good friend. My ailing spouse is sick at home and couldn't attend the party.
The host says:
Would you like a piece of cake?
Yes. Can I have a piece to take home to my spouse? It's his/her favorite cake.
The host says:
Would you like one piece of cake?
Yes. ( I'm too intimidated to ask for another piece because you sound like you're being very stingy with the cake.)