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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 3:14:36 AM
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Muscular tissue - to churn the food and other contents of the stomach
Shouldn't it be just "churn food" as "food" is uncountable?
Why have they used "the food"?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_aqa/tissues_organs/organs_in_animalsrev2.shtml
thar
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 3:51:46 AM

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It is not natural to use a bare infinitive on its own.

Here, where they are writing in note form, not in complete sentences, 'to churn' is more natural.

You could either write what it does

- it churns the food

or you could write , as they have, what its purpose is:

- its role is to churn the food

but they don't need to write it all out - this is note form. So it is implicit in the dash.

The stomach - (its role is) to churn the food


You could say it churns food - but again, here it is not referring to food in general. You know which food - it is the food which is in the stomach


Being countable or uncountable does not affect the definite article. You can still specify which instance of an uncountable noun.

I like food.
I like the food you cook.

He has courage.
He has the courage of a lion.

An uncountable noun does not commonly take an indefinite article (although it can). But it can commonly take the definite article.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:32:04 AM
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