a piece of (an) apple


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What is correct: "a piece of an apple" or "a piece of apple"? For example, somebody's slicing apples and I want to taste it. How should I say: I want a piece of an apple or a piece of apple?

I always thought that the former is right, but then I ran across an example in a book: a cake (=one cake), but a piece of cake (and "cake" becomes uncountable in this situation). So I thought about apples; can the word "apple" be uncountable?

  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    They are both correct. You would generally say "a piece of apple" because you don't care that it comes from a particular apple, but "I want a piece of an/the apple that came from your tree." is also fine. The same is also true of cake. You can say "I want a piece of a/the cake." if the context calls for that.
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