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Countable nouns can be modified by a quantity.

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Does the structure “an example of” take a plural or a singular noun or both?

For instance, are the following sentences grammatical, and do they mean the same thing or have different meanings? 1. Cheese is an example of protien-rich food. 2. Cheese is an example of a protein-...
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There are much\many *(un)countable* and *(un)countable*

I worry about a sentence in which I combine two objects which are (un)countable. For example: There is much water and sand in this lake There are much water and sand in this lake On the one hand, ...
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Do you find “only belongings of somebody” a little bit wierd?

In the sentence below, do you think it is weird to say "only belongings" for "belongings" is a collective noun. The angry mob destroyed the man's only belongings.
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Countable uncountable noun vs always singular noun

I always refer to LDOCE for definitions of words. There is additional info on the senses there. That's why I love it. But, I am still deeply confused with these noun classifications; countable ...
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Is “foreshadowing” a countable noun or uncountable noun?

In my book review, I want to express that "I find well-plotted foreshadowings, which indicate the inevitable tragedy". Is it correct or not? By the way, should I use the word "indicate"?
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Is it okay to use the word “freedoms” in the following sentence or should I use the word “freedom”?

The laws in our country that restrict our freedoms are not legislated by evil politicians.
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Why do I need “a” in “a mere 5 percent”?

Examples (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mere) Sixty per cent of teachers are women, but a mere 5 percent of women are heads and deputies. Tickets are a mere £7.50 at the door. ...
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skin as a countable noun example

‎Could you please write an example where skin would be used as a countable noun? I have just learned that it can be used both as a countable and an uncountable noun. Thank you.
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In the following sentence, shouldn't “family” take its plural form?

Here is an excerpt from IELTS OG.: For example, when my cousins were backpacking around the world, they were able to reassure their family and friends that.... I find the use of family in its ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “there are 5 Japanese tofus on the dish” to mean “there are 5 pieces of Japanese tofu on the dish”?

When you look for an English noun in an English dictionary, sometimes you see the noun being used as an uncountable and a countable noun. And normally, we use it as an uncountable noun when we want to ...
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Couture and canapé are just another Saturday night until you add a mask. [Why the singular 'canapé'?]

In an American TV show called 'Gossip Girl', here's a narration by Gossip Girl herself (YouTube video): Long ago, when European royals grew bored with palace balls they took a page from the peons, ...
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Coffee or coffees in this context? [closed]

In the morning, most sales are coffees and pastries. Coffee can be used as a countable or an uncountable noun. So what should I choose in this sentence?
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Meaning of velocity - mass noun vs countable noun

Dictionary entries like https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/velocity?q=velocity state that velocity can be a mass noun or a countable noun. What is the difference between the ...
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When is the word “Departure” countable or uncountable? [closed]

When is "Departure" a countable usage and when is it not?
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How is 'fixture' a count-noun when 'furniture' is a mass noun?

Fixture is defined in the LEXICO Dictionary as: A piece of equipment or furniture which is fixed in position in a building or vehicle. Here're a couple examples from the dictionary: Cathedral ...
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“Weigh benefit(s) against risk(s)”

Both nouns can be either a count noun or a mass noun. I think individually benefit tends to be used countably more than it appears as a mass noun. We list the potential benefits (count) of a thing. ...
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How to treat a plural count noun?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 335) says: A count noun denotes a class of individuated entities of the same kind. Boy, for example, denotes the class of boys. The individual ...
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around town or around towns? [closed]

"Recently, many housing estates around town have seen a dip in home valuations." This is the first sentence of an article. Is it because town has a specific meaning so singular form (uncountable) is ...
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Traffic or Traffic jam which is countable [closed]

Why is 'traffic' an uncountable noun while 'traffic jam' is a countable noun? I have asked many people and also googled but didn't get a satisfactory answer
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Can the grammar terms, the words 'subject' and 'object', be used as uncountable nouns?

I thought the grammar terms such as 'subject' and 'object' were countable. But I notice that they can sometimes be used without any determiner. For example, here's the first sentence of a linguistics ...
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Are mental illnesses countable?

I know that the correct phrasing for this sentence is, but I don't know why. Many of the volunteers had already shown some early signs of mental illness. Since the illness is unspecified, shouldn'...
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“An accuracy”, “the accuracy”, “accuracies”, or just “accuracy”

I have been having difficulting using the word "accuracy" and I am not sure how to add an article before "accuracy". The sentence I am trying to write is "To guarantee accuracy, we ...". I looked up ...
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Is it really correct to say that some nouns are countable and others are uncountable?

It is generally accepted practice in linguistics that common nouns are classified into count nouns (aka, countable nouns) and non-count nouns (aka, uncountable nouns or mass nouns). For example, in ...
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Can “enemy” be used as a plural noun? (Not as a collective noun)

I’ve been recently told that defeat five enemy or ten enemy are here is perfectly acceptable in English grammar. Personally, I’m inclined to believe that only five enemies or five enemy units are ...
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Is the word 'mistake' a concrete or abstract noun? [duplicate]

According to Answers.com: The word mistake is an abstract noun, a word for an error in action or judgement. Is this correct? Then, why does it act like concrete nouns such as 'car' when it comes ...
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Is “the most amount of {countable things}” ever an acceptable replacement for “the greatest amount of {countable things}”?

A recent BBC article reads in part, Yellowstone officials say bison can run up to 30mph (50km/h) and are the animal responsible for the most amount of injuries within the park. The phrase “the ...
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Why “attention to detail” over “attention to details”

Why are people more likely to say "attention to detail" over "attention to details"? I understand both are grammatically correct. But what slight difference between them, if there is any, makes it ...
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'Too much' with countable noun [closed]

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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Why do Americans say “less than five people”? [duplicate]

I thought "people" is countable, so we should say "fewer than five people"? Being in the US for many years, I rarely hear people saying "fewer than," even with countable nouns like "people." I ...
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Can “Targetings” be a plural form of “Targeting” as a noun?

I understand words like "surrounding" can be "surroundings", or "binding" can be "bindings". But is it appropriate with "targeting" as a noun? Here is a recent headline - "UN chief calls for probe ...
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Is one-way communication a countable or uncountable noun?

I was wondering whether one-way communication is a countable or uncountable noun. I've seen both usages (e.g. The Guardian leaning more towards uncountable while The New York Times is more towards ...
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Why does the word “shop” behave like a non-count noun in phrases like “set up shop”?

The word "shop" seems to behave like a non-count noun in phrases like "set up shop", "shut up shop" and "close up shop". There's no article ("a"), no plural ending ("-s"). Dictionaries, such as Oxford ...
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Countable and Uncountable Nouns in a List [duplicate]

Since "information" is an uncountable-noun and "references" is a countable noun, which sentence is correct? Please let me know if any additional information or references are needed. Please let ...
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Why do U.S. Americans say “a good value” (using indefinite article “a”)

Take this example from the Airbnb website: "What would have made this listing a better value?" This souds absolutely horrible and incorrect to my Australian ears (I would omit the "a"). I've also ...
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What meaning of/phrase based on the verb to call is used in “I call [noun]” (for instance bull****) and considerations with count nouns?

Sometimes you hear people say something like "I call [noun]", mostly with bullshit ("I call bullshit"; and there's also a question on the site with shenanigans). It feels like an opinionated statement ...
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Is “you have so many double standards” idiomatic and if not, why and what would be?

The noun double standard is countable. Looking at some ngram you can see the plural form used for titles (to mean something like the topic of...) or when there's a number preceding it (i.e. referring ...
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Since 'few' is used for countable nouns and 'less' is for uncountable nouns

Since 'few' is used for countable things and 'Less' is for uncountable things then why do we say; I have less than 2 days/months/years. ? Yes, time is an uncountable concept but we sure can count ...
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Translation, rotation, scalation?

I'm programming a math library and it never ocurred to me before now that most mathematicians say "translation, rotation, scale" to refer to these transformations. Problems arise when I want to ...
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Why is it correct to say “fewer calories” when calories are continuous? [duplicate]

This question, "Discrete Units of a Continuous Quantity", asks whether units of a continuous quantity should be spoken of as discrete or continuous. The top answer states The rule is simple, and ...
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Question on “work” follows with a verb

I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following sentence: both work rely on this technique Or both work relies on this technique. While the first one seems more grammarly correct, I do ...
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Is “…taken to be scholarly authority” missing a preposition or an article?

The sentence is from Harold Bloom's book Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. This chronology, necessarily tentative, partly follows what is generally taken to be scholarly authority. I find ...
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Glasses - countable or uncountable noun?

Is word glasses countable or uncountable? Are these sentences correct? These glasses (referring to one pair of glasses) are my favourite! I have quite a few glasses in my drawer, however, my favourite ...
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Is 'public' a mass noun?

Does anyone know which kind of noun 'public' is? Is it a common noun or a collective noun?
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When is “culture shock" uncountable?

According to Oxford Learner's, Wiktionary, and Cambridge dictionaries, “culture shock" is both countable and uncountable, but I've never seen or heard the word used in a way which shows it to be ...
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Nouns that can be both count and noncount nouns

I would like to ask how people who are familiar with English interpret these sentences regarding the nouns that can be both count and noncount nouns. (1) I have to make more cake/cakes to offer a ...
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How much or many the scores [closed]

Is this sentence correct? Grammarly does not take it a mistake. There you can see how much the scores will change.
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“Nuance” as a mass noun?

To my knowledge the noun "nuance" is a count noun. I just lighted upon this sentence from an article by Anne McClintock. Is "nuance" ever a mass noun? Or should it simply be pinned on editing? ...
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Is “king” an adjective or a mass noun in this usage? [duplicate]

I have been curious about a usage of the word "king". a country where football is king (Oxford Dictionaries Online) In mergers and acquisitions, cash is king. (Cambridge) This is a very ...
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(When) should I use the countable or uncountable Life?

The problem came up when I wanted to make some corrections to one’s paper. … when someone is successful in their lives, … Which I thought it should be life. Here are some examples from ...
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Do native speakers of major English varieties actually say “a software” or “softwares”?

So I've looked up the word "software" around, and I've learned that -ware words are uncountable, and there's even a claim at the Wiktionary entry for this word that "a software" or "softwares" are a ...