Questions tagged [uncountable-nouns]

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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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When to use the uncountable form of a noun?

I understand that certain nouns are both uncountable and countable at the same time. Some of these nouns have different meanings in different form so choosing which form to use is relatively easy. ...
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The use of the indefinite article with uncountable nouns after the phrase “more of”

I came across it in this article. Chloe Foster, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma in London, says shyness in itself is quite common and normal and doesn’t cause ...
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“the data that were observed.” When to use plural verbs and pronouns with mass nouns?

I was bumping into the word them used together with mass nouns in some translations from Chinese, but according to this ELL post, we don't use plurals with mass nouns. And now I encounter the 10k ...
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Can you use “including” after an uncountable word?

Can you use "including" after an uncountable word? Because the question is highly context-dependent I will just give you the sentence. He watched all of the porn including the bad ones. Sorry, I ...
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Shouldn't it be “…garbage is dumped” instead of “are’?

Garbage is singular and I don't think quantity has something to do here. Woman: Talk dirty to me! Man: 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.
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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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Countable/Uncountable Nouns (Use of “some”)

My grammar book says I can say "I've seen some good movies" but couldn't say "I've seen good movies". What is wrong with second sentence?
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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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Only dead fish “go” or “goes”?

In the following quote, why does it use "go" instead of "goes"? Only dead fish go with the flow. Don't be a dead fish!
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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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How to express one-to-one correspondence for uncountable noun

Ramp A produces light of an intensity that depends on electric current supplied to it from battery A. Ramp B produces light of an intensity that depends on electric current supplied to it from ...
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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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Why is “bad news seemS” and not “bad news seem”?

In an online English test I found that "bad news seem" is wrong, the correct would be "bad news seems" as in the sentence: Bad news seems to be more attractive than good news. I'm considering ...
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Is it correct to use “the education of a nation's youth”?

In the following sentence, is it correct to use the phrase 'the education of a nation's youth'? is the word 'youth' singular or plural? The education of a nation's youth will shape its future.
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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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a glass of milk , two glasses of milk which one takes singular verb and which one plural?

milk is uncountable but when uncountable nouns is placed in a countable container then it becomes countable . So , when i use a glass of milk it becomes countable but either it is singular or not ...
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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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The/A or no article: Fishing line

Does the word fishing line have a plural? Wikipedia says that there is a plural, and in the Longman Dictionary it is uncountable. There are no articles in similar sentences: Canada Goose ...
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Is technology a mass noun?

I am wondering if the sentence below is correct: The company transferred critical 5G technologies to one of its partners in order to make it's supply chain more efficient. Can you also use it ...
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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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Can a material noun be countable?

I get stuck to differentiate between some common and material noun. Can material noun be countable? Are egg, earth, nail, sun and moon material nouns? when can I use article in front of a ...
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Do we say “stocks” when we refer to stocks in general?

But stock can become plural when used synecdochically to refer to a stock market, a portfolio, or a segment of a market—for example Found the above, but it didn't cover the example when we speak of ...
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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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Uncountable word “pain”

As regards the word pain being uncountable, which of the following is correct: I had a severe pain last night. I had severe pain last night.
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How can I count multiple heating?

I found the following sentence: There is too much heating. According to my dictionary, heating is an uncountable noun, so you cannot say heatings. However, it is possible that you have more than ...
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Why is “little” not the correct option to fill “only ___ milk left”?

In Destination B2 book, these definitions are given for quantifiers little and a little: little: uncountable nouns, means 'not much' a little: uncountable nouns, means 'some' Now, given the ...
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Multiple adjectives before uncountable noun

If I say Sick, leave and benefit entitlement information is available here Should I use is or are here in this sentence?
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When sentence's subject contains uncountable noun and plural noun. Is it singular or plural?

Physical training and activities benefit(s) children. This subject should be followed by singular or plural verb? "Activities" is plural and "training" is uncountable and should be treated as ...
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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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How to use furniture in this sentence?

Is it correct to say: The only furniture that I have is a bed Or I have to put some sort of modifier before it? For example: The only piece of furniture that I have is a bed.
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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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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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“Ramen” or “ramens” in “He bought a pack of ramen(s)”

He bought a pack of ramen. He bought a pack of ramens. He bought two packs of ramen. He bought two packs of ramens. He bought a ramen. He bought two ramens. Which ones are grammatical?
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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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different “culture” or different “cultures”

I believe this is simple, yet crucial and time-worthy to know amongst ELLs. As a traveler, I've experienced different culture/cultures across the world. First off, culture is an uncountable noun. ...
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can we say “a much”?

My new phone has a much longer battery life. The sentence is copied from Cambridge dictionary. Why they have used “a” with uncountable noun "life"? Also can we write "a much"? We use much with ...
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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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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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about using “a” or “the” before the feeling noun “content”

This question is about whether using a or the is possible or not in front of a noun that means a feeling, which, in this post's case, is content(satisfaction). The sentence below is from the entry ...
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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 ...