Noodle countable pasta uncountable?
Why is the noun noodle countable even though pasta and spaghetti are uncountable?
- John PLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
Let me think abut that for a moment, you have raised an interesting point which had not occurred to me in 60 years of using English as a native speaker in Britain and Australia.
Pasta is a general description, there are many types of pasta including spaghetti, gnocchi, fusilli.
Spaghetti and fusilli and gnocchi etc are Italian words, and the final ' i ' already makes the plural in Italian.
I think you just have to accept that 'noodles' are plural. It is an English word.
If you think carefully about your own language you will probably find similar anomalies.
- Chi girlLv 71 month ago
You can say "I'd like eighteen noodles" but you can't say "I'd like eighteen pasta/spaghetti." Pasta is a class of food, and spaghetti is a specific dish.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Pasta & spaghetti are Italian words. "spaghetti" is plural in Italian ("spaghetto" is the singular", it means something like "string", so "spaghetti"= strings plural) . "pasta" comes from Latin for dough, or paste. Saying "pastas" or "spaghettis" would mean different kinds of pasta dishes or varieties. One individual "piece" of pasta is a noodle.