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Questions tagged [countable-nouns]

Countable nouns can be modified by a quantity.

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Is “surroundings” a plural noun or a mass noun that just happens to take the form of a plural?

I personally interpret “surroundings” as at least a plural-only noun but possibly just a noun whose plural form is much more common than its singular form in modern usage. But on a forum I frequent, ...
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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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What’s the reason for the zero article after a preposition and countable noun in “a change of X” and in “a switch from X to Y”?

I am a non-native speaker of English and therefore need your help. The question is: why do we use the zero article in the phrases “a change of X” and “a switch from X to Y”? For instance: a change ...
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Countable noun for a coin or a banknote

I am looking for a countable noun which can stand for either a coin or a banknote. Currency and money are the only two words I can think of, but not being countable they don't fit what I'm looking for,...
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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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Is “Positive manner” a countable noun?

Developing mental strength is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Is "positive manner" a ...
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Dictionary.com “amount of words”?

Dictionary.com defines wordage as "quantity or amount of words". Shouldn't it be "quantity or number of words"?
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is sediment countable

I am using the word 'sediment' quite a lot for my research. I work in the field of river engineering and I always thought 'sediment' to be uncountable. However, a colleague uses 'sediments' to mean ...
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fewer vs less, when concurrently describing countable and uncountable things

Which is more correct? Requested data must be 19 characters or fewer Requested data must be 19 characters or less There is a comparison between the actual and expected character counts, which ...
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“an entertainment”

I'm reading Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death and I came across an interesting usage of the word entertainment. "The first is that on television, religion, like everything else, is ...
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get all of the space / get all space / get the whole space?

Which one should be used when talking about say cloud storage, but with a poetic allusion to outer space. The noun space has more than one meaning, some of them are countable and some uncountable ...
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Do “eyes” mean “a pair of eyes”?

When somebody uses the word shoes, it means a pair. Is this the same case for eyes? When somebody says: ..20 eyes looked.. Does it mean 20 pairs of eyes (20 people looked) or literally just 20 ...