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unbknnt

Senior Member
Russian - Russia
What is a countable generic term (or an expression with an uncountable word like 'an item of.../a piece of...') to refer to a particular example of sweet food, if there is any?

For example, we see a picture where a confectioner is shown at work. He is preparing a certain type of sweet food, but we don't know what it is exactly. What is he cooking, generally?

He is cooking some kind/type of confectionery.
He is cooking a piece of confectionery.
He is cooking confectionery.
He is cooking a confection.
He is cooking some kind/type of sweets.
 
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  • Enquiring Mind

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    English - the Queen's
    He is cooking/making some kind/type/sort of confectionery. :tick:
    He is cooking a piece of confectionery. :cross:
    He is cooking/making confectionery. :tick:
    He is cooking a confection. :cross:
    He is cooking some kind/type of sweets. :confused::thumbsdown:

    Hello unbknnt, "confection(ery)" is quite a formal or technical word, so we would avoid it in conversation. BE uses "sweet(s), AE uses "candy" (for the hard boiled sweets that you suck). Sweet items often don't involve any "cooking", so "making" is more natural. Depending on what the chef is making, we would probably say "he is making a (kind/type/sort of) dessert/sweet (dish).
     

    Dr Shand

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    English - NYC
    What is a countable generic term (or an expression with an uncountable word like 'an item of.../a piece of...') to refer to sweet food (not as ugly and simplistic as this one, though)?

    For example, we see a picture where a confectioner is shown at work. He is preparing a certain type of sweet food, but we don't know what it is exactly. What is he cooking, generally?

    He is cooking some kind/type of confectionery.
    He is cooking a piece of confectionery.
    He is cooking confectionary.
    He is cooking a confection.
    He is cooking some kind/type of sweets.
    Hi,

    I think the best one is: "He is cooking some kind of confectionery"

    Even better, using two of Enquiring Mind's suggestions: "He is making some kind of candy"
     
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