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Let's say I want to buy a specific loaf of bread called "Blocky". How should I ask the question about whether the store has it "in stock".

I tried "Do you have a Blocky loaf", but I am not sure if I am right.

Thanks.

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    Do you have any Blocky bread in stock? – user20792 Dec 13 '15 at 8:36
  • @NES I don't know the right form to use. I wanted to buy 1 loaf of a Blocky bread... – Ilan Dec 13 '15 at 9:53
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    Ilan, @NES has given you the right form to use. It doesn't matter if you want to buy one loaf or four, that's a common, natural, and grammatical way to ask the question. Your next question might be, "Could you hold X loaves for me?" where X is the number of loaves you want to buy when you go to the store. – J.R. Dec 13 '15 at 10:18
  • 'Do you have a single item of the loaf called Blocky for my acquisitional purposes'? – JMP Dec 13 '15 at 10:37
  • Do you have any Blocky bread in stock? I'd like to buy a loaf. – user20792 Dec 13 '15 at 14:49
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Asking :

Do you have any Blocky bread?

asks if the seller has any of that bread at the moment.

Do you have Block bread?

usually means Do you have any at the moment, but can also mean:

Do you carry Blocky bread?

which means: is Blocky bread something that you sell (though it may be sold out at the moment).

As to your suggestion :

Do you have a Blocky loaf?

specifically asks if the seller has one Blocky loaf

Customer: Do you have a Blocky loaf?
Seller: We have several, which one would you like?

That phrasing is also commonly used in :

Seller: Do you have a Visa card?
Customer: I have two.
Seller: Either one will do.

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