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Questions tagged [uncountable-nouns]

Questions about uncountable (non-count, mass) nouns

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All measurables as a noun? [on hold]

Any ideas of how to express all measurables (Width, Weight, Volume, Temperature etc.) as a noun? Quantity could be a candidate. Maybe there is a more accurate term. the context is: software ...
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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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Cardinalities in English language [on hold]

I recently learned about the notions of countable and uncountable noun in English language. I understand that "How many integers are there?" is a gramatically correct sentence. However, is the ...
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Plural Noun + Are/Is + uncountable noun

I am trying to write a sentence like the following: The skills I acquired is/are knowledge in A, B, and C. However, I know that uncountable nouns such as knowledge doesn't go with are. Yet, the ...
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Is “bit of oil” countable or uncountable? [migrated]

If it is countable why do we say a little bit of oil and can I say the following? a little quantity of seeds
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“one” as a pronoun for uncountable nouns

Is it grammatically right to use one as a pronoun to substitute for the word water? I prefer plain water to sparkling one.
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Verbal agreement of “more of + plural noun”

Here Are More Of The Most Amazing Images Of Cars Is the sentence grammatical? Shouldn't it concoord is with the uncountable more (of), instead of its current plural are? According to Microsoft® ...
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Following (a) training: verb and pronoun

I am not a native English speaker but I work in an organisation with English as corporate language. I have set up an automatic reply because I was following a 3-day course, and I have received a ...
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Why is “a” used before “smoke” in this sentence? [closed]

I only have half an hour-barely time for a smoke and a cup of tea. Smoke is uncountable so why is there an article used?
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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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Is 'coin' a non-count noun?

I noticed that in banks' publications, they speak of notes and coin (rather than coins). So, is coin a non-count noun, like fruit and fish? We'd say, "Do you have any fruit/fish in your fridge?" (...
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“On holiday” vs. “on a holiday”

The textbook "Oxford Practice Grammar" by John Eastwood has this example in Unit 15, Exercise 2: Have you ever played beach volleyball? Yes, we played it on holiday. a) The holiday is still ...
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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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Growth as an uncountable noun

Hi: Since growth is an uncountable noun is it followed by a plural or singular verb? for example, in this sentence: Wage and price growth (have or has?) picked up. Should we just have or has?
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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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“war is” and “there are wars” [closed]

War is horrific. But there are wars happening in places in the world right now. Did I make any mistakes? Thanks for your help.
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Determiner all + uncountable noun - which of the following sentences is correct? [closed]

All water has been filtered. or All water have been filtered. ? I've already searched about this especially in youtube. From what I learned, if it's an uncountable noun after determiner all, it ...
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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 “workload” ever a countable noun? Can it also be uncountable?

Here are two sentences which have almost the same meaning that I have found in two different dictionaries: Teachers are always complaining about their heavy workloads. (Cambridge Dictionary) Students ...
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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 ...
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Not specifying the amount that you eat/drink

You don't need to specify the amount that you eat/drink for some things: I drink cranberry juice. I eat fried chicken. I eat bread with butter. You can't do this for other things: I ...
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“news in letters” Is this a countable phrase?

......As a result, the news in letters was already out of date when people received it. 1) Is it better to use "were" in this case as we are talking about news in several letters? 2) also should I ...
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use of indefinite article before many varying uncountable nouns [duplicate]

I have been trying to find a rule or set of rules to explain how 'a' and 'an' are used with uncountable nouns, mainly to understand the many exceptions that I have been thinking of recently. Consider ...
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Questions about indefinite articles before uncountable nouns

I know that you're not usually supposed to use articles before uncountable nouns but that there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. I'm a bit stumped by when the exception applies and when it doesn'...
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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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Is the word “vandalism” countable?

I am a regular editor on Wikipedia and one of the things I do often is dealing with so-called "vandalism". I do this on many different language versions of Wikipedia and found out that in these other ...
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Agreement between 'a lot of' + 2 uncountable nouns and the predicate

Which of the following is correct? "A lot of paper and cardboard is recycled" "A lot of paper and cardboard are recycled"? It feels like the 1st sentence is correct, because we see the ...
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cake as countable noun [closed]

I’ve always had trouble with noncountable nouns. I understand that cake, bread, food can be either noncountable and noncountable depending on the context. I’m writing about different professions and ...
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What is the phrase called when a noun is either given an article or doesn't need one? [closed]

As I understand it, there are singular nouns such as cat and spaceship that need to be preceded with some kind of specifier like an article (a, an, the) or a possessive word (my, Jane's, etc.) or the ...
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Noun for something that is obvious

I think I have known this word before, but it has completely slipped my mind. It will be a bit hard to tell you what word I'm talking about, but I will try as good as I can. Consider these sentences ...
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Where is / are your luggage? [closed]

If I have two luggages, which of the following sentences is right? Where is your luggage? Where are your luggage?
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“Quota” - “how much” or “how many”?

If something is countable (e.g. disk space) but is limited by some quota. What you will ask: "how much" or "how many" quota do I have?"
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My favorite food is apples. Is it ok? [duplicate]

My favorite food is apples. Or my favorite food are apples.
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Use of singular or plural in “the sum of the power consumption(s)”

Should consumption/consumptions be in singular or in plural here? The total power consumption of a circuit is the sum of the power consumption of the logic cells making up the circuit. The total ...
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Uncountable followed by countable nouns - “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

I have a question about the following sentence: The only artwork in evidence is/are some Greek vases and terracotta objects. Is it "artwork" that selects the verb-form (therefore "is"), or "Greek ...
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Is traffic a countable noun or an uncountable noun?

Example sentence: "Not much/many traffic passes this way."
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Can some kind of [uncountable_noun] outnumber another kind of [uncountable_noun]?

While talking about anonymous feedback on Stack Exchange, I wanted to say that there was more anonymous feedback than registered feedback, so I considered saying: Anonymous feedback outnumbers ...
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Why is it grammatically incorrect to say 'I watch much television' although it is an uncountable noun (in this context)?

In the grammatically correct sentence, 'I watch a lot of television', the noun 'television' is an uncountable noun. However, it is grammatically incorrect to say 'I watch much television' with the ...
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Is “potential” a countable noun?

Is "potential" a countable noun? Consider these sentences: The teachings are dispensed according to the audience's potentials? The teachings are dispensed according to the audience's levels of ...
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Is “power politics” countable or uncountable?

My sentence is The Cold War period in South-Asia was a period marked by changing power dynamics and a large amount of power-politics My grammar check tool says that I should use "a large number ...
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Is there a single word for the quality of doing good works for others without any selfishness? [duplicate]

Can anyone give the exact single word for the feeling/quality of doing good works for others without having any selfishness?
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Can I say I'll have “a tea”? [closed]

I know it's perfectly grammatical for native speakers to say "I'll have a latte/ a beer / a coke" etc. But is "tea", typically served in a cup, also countable?
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'There are' or 'there is' [duplicate]

OK so I was writing a sentence to explain that there are three holes at the same angular position on a wheel (different radii). I started to write; 'there are more than one hole at each angular ...