Consider this sentence:

There is just one chip left in the bag.

Is this sentence correct? Chips is the usual term used for the entire amount. I feel that it is a plural-only word, similar to money and water which are non-countable.

But it obviously is countable, so maybe better comparisons are bread and cake where we can say a slice of bread and a piece of bread.

Is it possible to say the above sentence and use the word chip? If not, is another singular form then possible?

  • Dictionaries aimed at learners often contain information regarding the countability of nouns. – userr2684291 May 18 at 22:41

Yes, that would be a correct way to phrase that sentence.

With water, you'd likely phrase it such as "There's enough water for one more sip" or "There's one more sip of water left"

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The sentence is correct and idiomatic. Chips are countable, and when there's only one left in the bag, it's time to open another bag.

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