"I wish I had the chance to try all this tasty food." Is it appropriate to say "try all this tasty food" when referring to lots of tasty food mentioned in the previous context? What about "try all the tasty food" , “try all these tasty food" or “try all these tasty foods" ?

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    This or the are both OK. Food here is an uncountable noun, so these food and these foods are wrong. (Foods in the plural means types of food, but we use it in a scientific or commercial sense, not of dishes on a table.) Jan 16, 2021 at 13:46
  • Hello, Kate, thank you very much for your clear explanation.
    – Shirley
    Jan 16, 2021 at 14:51

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this is a proximal pronoun meaning it can be used even for something that wasn't mentioned/introduced as long as it's within your (and your addressee's) reach.

Both are fine.

Try all this/the tasty food

As pointed out by @Kate Bunting, the plural form is not used in such contexts.

  • Hello, Andrew, thank you very much for you answer too.
    – Shirley
    Jan 16, 2021 at 14:52

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