When a noun is used second time it is preceded by the definite article the.As - I saw a dog. The dog was black. But when an uncountable noun is used in general should it be preceded by' the' in second time as- Maxican food is very spicy. The food tastes very hard.Or food tastes very hard.

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  • In English, we don't usually say food tastes hard. We might say it is hard (or difficult) to eat, if that is what you mean. – stangdon Mar 27 '18 at 12:25

You need to use the in this case too: the food.

It doesn't matter if the noun is countable or uncountable. What matters is if it's definite or indefinite. If you refer to something/somebody mentioned before, use the:

  • I see a man. The man is old.
  • There is some water in the glass. The water is cold.

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