I know that "bread" is an uncountable noun. So logically its referred pronoun should be singular as well, but recently, I have come across a sentence in a book (written by a non-native person), that had used "them" instead of "it" which sounds the correct pronoun to me. I was wondering which pronoun is the correct one?

  • Cover the bread with a damp cloth to prevent ...... from drying.

a. it
b. them

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    This looks like a question in a test. If it is, (or even if it is not), what is your answer? Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 17:55
  • Not at all @Michael Harvey! As you know me for a long time, I always make my own examples up. As I mentioned within my thread, I think the answer is "it" here.
    – A-friend
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 18:46
  • Why do you think that? Give a reason. Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 18:47
  • You will also come across breads in the plural, when people are talking about bread/s made from different ingredients or mixtures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_breads Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 18:58
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    Well, @Michael Harvey, again, as I mentioned, while the work "bread" in an uncountable, I think a singular pronoun would fit better here.
    – A-friend
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 19:34

1 Answer 1


"It" would be correct. Though better would probably be:

Cover the loaves [or rolls, or tortillas or buns etc. ] with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying.

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