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Which linking verb to use with countable and uncountable nouns

Here is my example: "Cloud phone solutions work over the internet, so the only on-site hardware you would ever need (is/are) the phones." Hardware is uncountable, but phones is countable. Is the ...
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Use of 'less' with countable nouns

Supposing that, a player is supposed to spend 60 minutes in a training session. He spends 57 minutes. We say: You have spent less minutes. Is it right? I feel it is not, since 'less' modifies 'an ...
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How do I know whether a noun is countable or not?

I'm new learner and often confused with countable nouns. Is there any way that I can know whether a noun is a countable noun? Thanks
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about use of an article in front of 'trim'

I'd like to ask about use of an article before the noun 'trim' when 'trim' means: "material that is used to decorate clothes, furniture, cars, etc., especially along the edges, by being a different ...
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How do we use invariable plurals?

I'm trying to get my head round how we use so called invariable plurals. I have been through about a million different sites now, and come up with the following: (i) There are three main groups of ...
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Shall I use an article with the phrase “increasing trend”?

If I want to use the word increasing trend, shall I consider it countable or uncountable? i.e. should I write: With an increasing trend towards using the Internet, the need for security is becoming ...
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Patient, countable or noncountable

"The company works with hospitals to develop VR games for patients. And we make sure that they’re re-orientable, so that the patient, whether they’re lying down or sitting up can enjoy them. VR is ...
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Is “set” countable or not?

This question comes from this post. This figure is trying to illustrate 4 spaces defined by 4 different set of standard basis. In mathematics, the standard basis (also called natural basis) for ...
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“worth the effort” vs. “worth the efforts”

Is the noun used "differently" in "worth the effort" vs. "worth the efforts" ? According to Merriam-Webster, effort has the following 5 definitions - conscious exertion of power : hard work a ...
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Why is “coma” countable in “go into a coma”?

I came across a phrase “go into a coma” and wonder why “coma” is countable here. Is there any rule which determines a noun followed by “go into” is countable or uncountable? Here are some other ...
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ordinal numbers with uncountable nouns

I know countables can be used with ordinal numbers. We can say "the second book," etc. But what about uncountables like "information"? I'd appreciate your help.
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as much / many as + countable plurals

I am wondering whether "much" or "many" should be used in the following. it's unusual that people as much / many as four generations apart speak to each other in the same way. I'd appreciate your ...
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The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets

I was writing an answer on StackOverflow and came up with this sentence The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets. (x ?) It sounds a bit off to me because of "the more buckets"....
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countable counterpart of “fruit”

I was taught that the noun "fruit" is non-countable in English. If so, then what would be its countable counterpart? I am sure there should be one because the need for that is quite practical. Let'...
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What is the countable version of “Run out of something”?

It seems like I can only use Run out of time. But how to describe there is no more something that is countable?
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Is there not much sugar and many candies in the shop?

I had such a sentence: Are there not much sugar and candies in the shop? And I was confuseed with "are".On the one hand it should be "are" for we combine "sugar" = "it" and "candies" = they ...
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'Morning'-->countable or uncountable?

1)There is written in the Macmillan dictionary that the word 'morning' can be both: countable or uncountable. Could you give me an example sentence where 'morning' is uncountable? 2) Is 'morning' ...
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How much shrimps?

if i want to ask about the amount of shrimps that a person eats (kilograms) per year, should i ask How many shrimps do you eat? - > I eat 1 kilo a year. Or maybe I should ask How much ...
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“as much as” or “as many as” forty degrees?

"the temperature can vary by as much as forty degrees" this sentence confused me, following as much as, there is plural word (forty degrees) but it was used with "as much as". Because there is a ...
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“Such plea” “such waiver”: ungrammatical legal jargon?

I have encountered the noun phrase "such plea" in a lot of legal texts. Examples: In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. ...
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uncountable noun used with countable noun

The controller controls power supplied to the PCs. Does the sentence above imply that each PC will be supplied with an equal amount of power? If so, does the following make sense when each PC may be ...
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Is *flood* used as *a flood*?

I wonder if the word flood can be used as a flood. I think the word like water cannot be used as a water because it is a collective noun. In my dictionary, it writes both countable and uncountable. ...
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Is “bit of oil” countable or uncountable?

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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Is 'potential' countable noun?

I've konwn that 'potential' is uncountable noun so far. But i saw one vedio named Vox channel which said "In any human endeavor, There is a potential for error" In that sentence, potential is ...
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Omission of articles before countable nouns

It may be winter, dark and cold, but the village of Taft will be in festive mood on December 18th.” “Ladies and Gentlemen, according to long-standing tradition… From English collocations in use (...
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Can 'singer' be used as an uncount noun?

Singer Mizuki Nana and her sister took viewers by surprise with their voracious eating of roasted duck. Macmillan learner's dictionary says 'singer' is a count noun. Might I trouble you to tell me ...
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Neutral accent or a neutral accent (countable or not)

In the context of the sentence below, which should be applied so it's grammatical. The only thing that is good about our country (as a single noun) is our spoken English, we've got neutral accent. ...
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Using 'shame', 'pity', and 'honor' as countable and uncountable nouns

Sometimes "a" is used with shame/pity/honor, sometimes it's not. What's the difference? How to understand when it should be used. Have pity! Please have a pity on the helpless. Shame on you! ...
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Is business countable or uncountable?

Walt thought I was crazy. In 20 months, he had gone from being head of a small $7.5 million (sales) medical development business to manager of the chemical and metallurgical division, one of GE’s ...
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use of Indefinite Article

I have doubt about use of article in below sentence. A cake is necessary when you have party. Does sentence uses correct article?
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Singular countable nouns after “there isn't any”

Can I ever use singular countable nouns after there isn't any? I have read many books that say any can be used with both singular and plural countable nouns. Though plural nouns is more more common in ...
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Should I use 'isn't there' to show no food that I have been craving for? [closed]

"When the food you are craving for isn't there, the last choice you have is Maggi." Is my grammar correct? Or can you change my sentence so it will be better than mine? Thanks!
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a … quantity of + plural countable nouns

I learned that "a ... quantity of ..." is typically followed by uncountable nouns. I'd like to know whether there are restrictions on it when it is followed by plural nouns. For example: a large ...
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“Different influences”?

Then trade would have different influence on wages and employment. This is a line I am writing. I know that "influence" is both a count and noncount noun and that it is used mostly uncountably to ...
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“Through critical engagement with philosophical texts” or “Through a critical engagement with philosophical texts”

Through (a) critical engagement with philosophical texts, I examine the phenomena and provide an in-depth analysis. This is a line I am writing. The noun "engagement" seems tricky. Scrolling down ...
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“Comment on their character” or “comment on their characters”?

I would like to say a few words to comment on their character(s). I am wondering if "character" in the sense of qualities of personality is a count noun and can be pluralized. Macmillan and Cambridge ...
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Is “There were hundreds of students, not much of whom were girls” correct?

Is the sentence " "There were hundreds of students, not much of whom were girls" correct? Can we use much instead of many in these structure.
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as much / many as

I'd like to know whether many or much should be used in the following: a. A whale could weigh as much / many as two tons. b. The company bought as much / many as two tons of cotton. I'd ...
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Shouldn't it be “government or other institutions”?

I encountered a line in a dictionary in print: designed to overthrow government: intended or likely to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution I find the usage of institution in ...
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If it's “double” why is it singular?

A double number is two identical numbers, e.g. 007 (double O seven) A double chin is someone who appears to have two chins A double feature is a program showing two feature-length movies A double D is ...
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“porn is widespread” or “porn are widespread”

Which one is grammatically correct? porn is widespread. porn are widespread. I have found examples of both on the web, does it mean the sentences are correct and both have the same meaning?
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Is “profit” a special case?

Company profits are down from last year's figures. (Copied from Cambridge dictionary.) 1) Why don't we use a possessive s? 2) Why do we use plural profits? 3) Why don't we use “the”? When you ...
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One/Two onion rings?

When making an order, is it correct to say the following? If so, Why? If not what is the correct way? Can I get one onion rings? In case you want two servings, Can I get two onion rings?
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Is “prose” ever a count noun?

He writes a crystalline prose (source) I find this countable usage of "prose" from the Oxford Dictionaries very unusual. I have never seen "prose" used countably. In contrast, several dictionaries ...
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Is the word “news” always singular?

Using Google Translate, I have this translation from Russian to English: каковы спортивные новости? what are the sports news? I know, that the word "news" is uncountable, so it is ...
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countable and uncountable at the same time. What does that mean?

In Cambridge online dictionary there are nouns which can be countable or uncountable at the same time. Example https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/society?q=Societies 1) What does ...
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“past experience” or “past experiences”?

I need to learn from past experiences. It seems to me it makes sense to say "past experiences", since here experience refers an event that happened in the past. However, I do see a lot of occurrences ...
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Is “release” countable when used to mean “to let go” or “to make available”?

Is "release" a count noun or mass noun in the meaning of "let someone or something out of a place"? I see conflicting information from different dictionaries, even within the same dictionary. ...
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When is “dress” a mass noun?

I find the singular/uncountable usage of "dress" strange in this sentence. Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with ...
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The countability of “memoir” and “stocktaking” in this sentence

I find two nouns in this sentence from a Time article very strange. The Atlantic columns are enriched with personal memoir, and a stocktaking, as Coates takes the reader through his own life and ...