Learn English – use the word “milks” when discussing KINDS of milk


Heard at the cafe: "We have three milks: soy, almond, and cow."

Is it ok to use the word "milks" in this context? I've heard it in other uncountable nouns, like "essential oils", or "simple sugars", or "red wines", so why can't we ask, "which milks do you have?"

Best Answer

It is perfectly acceptable to use the plural of non-count nouns when discussing multiple different types of something.

Here are some examples, using milks:

Daily tests of the butterfat contents of the three milks showed much wider variations ...

The season's results of the casein analysis of the three milks are shown ...

Fish and fishes is another example that comes to mind.