Questions about uncountable (non-count, mass) nouns

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What word means 'discrete piece of knowledge'?

In my understanding 'knowledge' is one of a group of nouns in English that is characterized as uncountable (meaning 'knowledge' should never be made plural). If that is the case, is there a word in ...
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Possible “rule” for uncountable nouns

In looking at many of the answers to ESL learner's questions about countable and uncountable nouns it seems that answers usually take the form "Uncountables can be become countables. There's no rule ...
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“All the unemployed” vs “every unemployed”

The right to work implies the obligation on the part of the government to give a job to all the unemployed. Can I replace all the unemployed with every unemployed. If yes then OK, but if not then ...
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Point[s] of datum vs. point[s] of data

I know that there's no any shortage of controversy about "data" and "datum", but I've recently questioned the validity in the specific case of "I am but a point of data". Is this, under the strict ...
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Using “pizza” as countable vs. uncountable

I ate pizzas on Sundays. I ate pizza on Sundays. Pizza is both uncountable and countable. In these sentences, is there any difference in meaning? Is one of them wrong?
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'(death) throes' - countability?

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary the word 'throe' is not listed, only 'throes'. With other nouns, the dictionary clearly indicates whether nouns are countable or uncountable, however, with ...
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Uncountable noun + of + uncountable noun with or without definite article

It would be much appreciated if you could identify any differences regarding whether using the definite article or not in the two citations below brings about any changes in meaning. What is being ...
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Definite article with “Wiener filtering”, an uncountable noun

I have a sentence something like this We apply Wiener filtering to obtain a solution. In this "Wiener filtering" is a uncountable noun. I am not sure whether "the" is required before it.
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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Why are some nouns countable and others uncountable? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble articulating what it is I'm looking for, so I'll start with an example. Candy is delicious. Candies are delicious. Vegetables are delicious. Fruit is delicious. ...
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'pizza' and 'cake': uncountable? [closed]

Countable noun and Uncountable noun are really hard to understand. I read "'a cake' is correct, but 'a pizza' isn't correct." Why is 'pizza' uncountable?
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“a list of” + uncountable noun

I find the following two phrases perfectly correct: A list of books A list of names However, when an uncountable noun follows "a list of", it somehow sounds awkward to me: A list of equipment A ...
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“Frequent absence” versus “frequent absences”

One of my English tests required me to complete the gaps with words formed from the words in capital letters. It is a love story about a man with a disorder that causes him to time travel ...
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Suspension or suspensions

What is the difference between suspension and suspensions? I know suspensions is the plural form for dispersion but in what circumstances the word "suspensions" can be used in a sentence. ...
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Single countable word for trash/garbage

I am can't seem to think of a single word for trash or garbage in the singular form. I want to use in a sentence like so: I picked up two [trashes] yesterday. Obviously that is wrong because ...
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Can “network” be a mass noun?

I stumbled upon a video having this phrase in its narration, "[The university] has been equipped with computer network, electric systems, and internet". Personally, I never use "network" as a mass ...
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Countable and uncountable in one word? [closed]

[original question] Do any words words exist that are a countable and an uncountable noun at the same time? Are there any nouns that are both countable and uncountable? Are there any words which ...
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“Censorship” as a countable noun [closed]

Is censorships a legitimate word? Obviously it could be used to mean multiple censorships for something.
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when does the noun “time” become a countable noun?

I am writing an email to my friend and want to use this sentence: "I am having a great time." I would like to know whether the above sentence is correct. Also, I know that time can be an ...
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Is “deliberation” or “deliberations” correct when done over multiple topics?

Are these sentences correct? Contemporary deliberation on American culture, economy, politics in the 20th and 21st century? Contemporary deliberation*s* on American culture, economy, and politics ...
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Is there a countable form for “literature”?

Literature is an uncountable noun, so we can't say one literature or two literatures. But is there a countable form, as there is for information? One piece of information, for instance.
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electronic music-incountable nouns vs uncountable nouns with adjectives [closed]

I know that "music" is an uncountable noun, but can I write: My favourite music is an electronic music. Can I pyt "an" before music in this sentence and why?
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Would “mould” and “mud” be considered substances made up of parts?

Ignoring the difference in spelling between "mould" and "mold" for the moment, I need to categorise the following terms into "masses of substances" or "masses of substances made up of parts too ...
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Articles with abstract nouns

Given: In the world of a flourishing globalization Which sort of article should be used before flourishing — zero, definite, or indefinite?
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“an alarm” vs “the alarm” [closed]

Which ones correct ? All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard an alarm. (or) All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard the alarm. I expect the second sentence to ...
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a “piece” vs. an “item” of clothing

What is the difference between an item of clothing and a piece of clothing? Can I say "three pieces of clothing" or "three items of clothing"? Are they used identically?
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Are “caw” or “squawk” countable nouns?

So both "caw" and "squawk" are "a harsh noise made by a bird". Are these two words countable or uncountable? For example, which of the following two is more correct? All night I heard the caw of ...
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Is it correct to say “Do not duplicate the information, add only new one”?

Information is an uncountable noun. Therefore, is it correct to refer to it with a number one as in: do not duplicate the information, add only new one?
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When do you use the plural form for nouns that are generally considered uncountable?

When should the plural form of the nouns combustible, material and liquid be used?
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Conjugation of answer to “How much money is there?” [duplicate]

I'm using a website - www.ixl.com - to teach my child how to count American coins, amongst other activities. The site also has many questions on English grammar. One thing that doesn't seem right - ...
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Is “goods” countable?

I am referring to goods as in services and goods provided. I came across this definition (emphasis mine): tender document: A written invitation sent to potential suppliers of a good or ...
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Why the indefinite article in “have a good time”?

Why do we use the indefinite article in the expression "have a good time"? Time is an uncountable noun, and we never say "what a beautiful weather!", but "what beautiful weather it is!" Could ...
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Is 'storage' countable or uncountable if it means warehouse or repository?

I need to write an article and I have to use this word in the context. I cannot replace the word with a different word (warehouse, repository, etc.). I checked this word via ...
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Should “repetition” be singular or plural?

We all know what repetition is. I'm trying to construct the following sentence: He called out her name in an earnest, helpless repetition. or should it be He called out her name in earnest, ...
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Is bread a material noun or not [closed]

I was wondering Is bread a material noun or not?
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“a bewildering amount of choice” or “a bewildering amount of choices”?

"a bewildering amount of choice" is a sentence from a dictionary. I think it should be ""a bewildering amount of choices" and I found both of them can be found from the Internet. Anyone can help to ...
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Is it “as many electrons” or “as much electrons”?

I thought it would be "as many electrons", because electrons is a countable noun, but Google shows that "as much electrons" is more popular than "as many electrons"
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Difference between usage of 'to' and 'of'

What is the difference between the right to freedom of speech and the right of freedom of speech? Secondly, since in India this right is a provision mentioned in the Constitution, while writing it ...
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can we say 'a pain' ? or 'a piece of pain'?

Here what I'm talking about is 'pain' as a noun, describing something that makes you uncomfortable either physically or mentally. As far as I know, it is countable when describing physical hurts. ...
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The usage of … number(s) of [closed]

Here we wish to make sure the usage of ... number(s) of ..., which one below is correct? An even number of people An even number of cards Even numbers of people Even numbers of cards An odd ...
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“No restriction” vs. “no restrictions”

The data center must be flexible. There should be no restriction/restrictions on user's choice of protocols. What should it be?
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Should we say less or fewer “fruit and vegetables”?

Fruit is uncountable but vegetables is countable, so we should use less or fewer before them together?
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“Every garment” or “every piece of garment”

The dictionary definition of garment is an item of clothing Should I write every garment or every piece of garment? The second one sounds more correct to me, but it's wordier. Is the first one ...
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Uncountable Work [duplicate]

I have a question about uncountable nouns in a sentence. For example, which of the following sentences is correct? This is an important future work. This is important future work. It seems that ...
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Are data structures countable or uncountable nouns?

For example what would be the correct answers to this article quiz? Why is nil/a/the priority queue implemented with nil/a/the heap ordered binary tree faster than nil/a/the sorted array ...
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Use of “age” as an uncountable & countable noun

Why is it that the "age" is used as an uncountable noun in some cases and as a countable noun in other circumstances? Examples: Now the market is not booming, and the employers are switching ...
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uncountable nouns and articles [duplicate]

This is a software. Is this sentence incorrect? As per the explanation given, this has to be "This is software.", but I have seen the usage of "This is a software." even in newspapers. Could you ...
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Are nouns used in “Types of <noun>(s)” singular or plural?

Take for example the word "liquid", which can be both uncountable and countable. Should it be - Types of liquid (There are many different types of liquid.) or Types of liquids? (There are many ...
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Density or Densities [duplicate]

I have some problems in using the plural form of a uncountable noun. For instance: "The density of all the solutions is measured." or "The densities of all the solutions are measured." Is there ...
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When does an uncountable noun become countable?

I wonder why "fat" "carbohydrate" and "protein" can have the plural form as in the following quotes. Aren't those nouns uncountable? The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking ...