I am referring to the online OED, how can I tell whether a noun is countable or uncountable from the page? Thanks.

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    You can always use the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, which tells you explicitly for each word. I believe the OED expects you to know for most words, and only says explicitly when they think there might be some uncertainty. – Peter Shor Oct 21 '13 at 1:34
  • I remembered asking you about Mathematical notations before in ELU SE before, Prof Shor! – drhanlau Oct 21 '13 at 1:40
  • "Words can be countable or uncountable depending on the sense we have in mind when we use them" (Crystal 2011: 90). also english.stackexchange.com/a/70914/19046 – Alex B. Nov 17 '13 at 16:36

In the OED you may usually determine such things from the citations; but it's probably easier to follow Peter Shor's advice and consult the OALD.

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