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Imagination can't be counted. But I have seen some people using the indefinite article in front of imagination.

For example, "Everyone has an imagination."

What makes that correct, grammatically?

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  • Can you cite a reference or dictionary definition that says "imagination can't be counted"? – user140086 Jul 6 '16 at 6:02
  • Have you checked a good dictionary? – Kris Jul 6 '16 at 6:13
  • Coffee can't be counted. But I'm about to have a coffee. Or two. // Certain dictionaries are better than others in this area. Check OALD for at least one clear example of the count usage. But also be aware that even non-count nouns occasionally accept the indefinite article (The representative spoke at the meeting yesterday with an enormous enthusiasm. / The representative spoke at the meeting yesterday with enormous enthusiasm. / *The representative spoke at the meetings last week with enormous enthusiasms.) – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '16 at 6:39

Imagination - the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.

Because someone has an ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful, one therefore also has an imagination.

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    An answer needs to have authoritative references to be of real value. Also, the count / non-count issue has been addressed at length here before. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '16 at 6:46
  • Using the example of "an ability" to argue for the correctness of "an imagination" is plainly unsupportable. If I have many mental abilities, it doesn't follow that I have many imaginations. – Chappo Jul 6 '16 at 9:27

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