Vocabulary exercises to help learn words for some snacks and desserts in Britain.




I want to ask 2 questions and thanks to you.

1. what is different from chips and crisps.
They are both made from potatoes then fry. Are they the same one?

2. some nouns are chips, crisps, coins, crackers, nuts. When we use them to singular or plural verb ?

Hello mitykg,

Yes, both 'chips' and 'crisps' are made by frying potatoes. 'crisps' are very thin and we often buy them in a bag and eat them at room temperature. 'chips' are thicker and we usually eat them right after they have been fried.

Sometimes people get confused because in American English, 'chips' are what we call 'crisps' in British English. Similarly, 'chips' in British English are usually called 'fries' in American English.

When a noun is plural and is the subject of a verb, then the verb should be plural -- for example, 'Chips with vinegar are delicious'. But if a plural noun is the object of a verb, the verb can be singular when the subject of the verb is singular -- for example, 'She doesn't like chips with vinegar'.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Kirk once more time. How many times may I ask you for one problem. I still get confused about some nouns: coins, chips, pence...

we have, 'one pound' so 'two pounds' ( add 's')
we have, 'two pence' (not add 's') so 'one pence' (not add 's'). I guess that 'pence' noun is the same plural and singular form. Is it right ?

I think 'chips' noun is always plural form, never have singular form cause 'chips' noun is a world of pieces. Are 'coins, crackers, nuts, crisps' nouns too, never have singular form, right? In dictionary, they are written by 'coin, cracker, nut, crisp'. Do you have some sentences about singular forms of these nouns?

Hello again mitykg,

'pence' is the plural form of the word 'penny' so actually we don't say 'one pence' but rather 'a penny'. This is one of a handful of nouns that have irregular plural forms in English. 'pound' is not irregular, i.e. 'pound' is singular and 'pounds' is plural. Though please note the word 'quid' (an informal term for 'pounds') is normally used in the plural.

You could speak of a 'chip' ('Can you give me a chip -- I'm only going to eat one') but you're right, most of the time it is used in the plural. 'crisp' and 'nut' are used in the same way as 'chip'. 'coin' can also be used in the singular and the plural. If you look these words up in the dictionary -- see my links above for a good online dictionary -- you can see example sentences for each.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I want to eat from dessret just a chocolate ,cake and some cupcakes.... About my typical snakes i like crisps

I like to eat all dessert, but the ice cream is my favorite and the typical snakes as biscuit & crisps

I like chocolate so I like chocolate cake too. In summer I sometime eat ice cream for dessert, often - different fruits or berries. My typical snacks is an apple. I would eat chips, but they are not so good for my health, I think.

When i go out i like hot chocolate fudge cake with cream or thick custard , or chocolate sundae, snakes we have crisps chocolate bars ,cakes or jogourts sometimes jaffa cakes or biscuits.

I like eat many desserta.But the most of them are ice cream and cake.This summer I ate apple pie and I like it so much.I can free say the apple pie is one of my favourite desserts.
The typical snacke in my country is pastry.

I like to eat chocolate cake