How to recognise uncountable nouns.? When should we avoid using articles especially before the nouns that act as both countable and uncountable nouns?


Divorce is 'mutual' by definition! One spouse can't be divorced and the other remain married.

When speaking of a particular couple, it's a divorce because it refers to the single legal decision that ends their marriage. Divorce is an uncountable noun when it refers to the concept of ending a marriage, or the practice as a social custom - 'Divorce is becoming more common in this country'.

  • What to say when one is ready for divorce and one is not?Can’t we say it a mutual divorce when one in the marriage is hoping the other would also agree to the divorce? – Soumya Thota Jun 13 '20 at 7:38
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    You would call it a divorce by mutual consent. Obviously, if one is not ready you can't say We are hoping. The one who wants it would say 'I am hoping that my husband/wife will agree to a divorce'. – Kate Bunting Jun 13 '20 at 7:43

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