When I said "experts bring us lots of knowledge and techniques", a native speaker told me

lots of knowledge is ok, but lots of techniques doesn't work, we have to use a countable noun

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As per Cambridge Dictionary "knowledge" is [ S or U ], "technique" is also [ S or U ]

what is the correct usage?


To begin with, "lots of knowledge" is quite informal. A more formal way to say it would be "a lot of knowledge", "much knowledge" etc.

Now, "lots of techniques" is even more informal. You will hear native speakers say this kind of thing, but it's not technically correct. "Many techniques" is a better choice.

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    Thank you. "much knowledge" indicates that "knowledge" here is uncountable while "many techniques" indicates that "techniques" is countable, right?
    – shiqangpan
    May 22 '20 at 2:52
  • People, esp of non-native, have a tendency to use 'a lot of' and 'lots of' interchangeably. Agree with @Steve Bennett that 'a lot of' is better and formal.
    – Ram Pillai
    May 22 '20 at 5:33

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