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Incorrect or non-standard usage, overuse etc.

I have bread for my breakfast.

The problem

Hong Kong students often know only one word for the many kinds of bread-like products that are commonly eaten and sold in bakeries.

Bread is normally used to make sandwiches and toast, or is sometimes eaten with a meal. It can be rather boring on its own.

In any bakery, however, there are many other bread-like products which, although similar in their basic ingredients and way of cooking, are not called 'bread'.

For example, buns, rolls, croissants, and a variety of sweet breads generally referred to as 'pastries' - e.g. Danish pastry.

To see what these look like, try typing any of these words into Google and set the search for images - or go into a western bakery where the labels are in English.

Standard English

I have a pastry / a bun / a roll for my breakfast.


Online dictionary links are available for the following words:

Head word Part of speech Mac Cam Dic
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pastry noun CantabAdd
bun noun MacCantabDictWiktAdd

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