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When “education” should be a singular noun and when should it be an uncountable noun?

Cambridge dictionary states that "education" can be both a singular noun like "an education" and an uncountable noun like "zero-article education". As far as I know it depends whether the context is ...
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A bit of toothpaste?

My English learner app said "a bit of toothpaste" was wrong but didn't say the reason. Could you please tell me why? The app test goes like this. Choose the correct one: a bit of ______ A)...
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“All leaves are cancelled.” or “All leave is cancelled.”?

How do we use the word "leave" in a sentence? Is it ever pluralized? Is it correct to say "How many days leaves do you get per year?" or "How much leave do you get per year?"
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Articles before uncountable noun form of “Need”

I am really confused as to why there is an article before the singular uncountable form of " need" noun. I stumbled upon this while looking out for its usage in Oxford learner's dictionary. "There's ...
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“Police is” or “police are”? [duplicate]

I am aware that we alway treat the police as singular when we refer to it as social instutution. But what about if are refering to police as a group of people who are policemen? For example: There ...
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Uncountable and countable

All the major dictionaries say that exercise, when denotes a physical activity, is an uncountable noun. Swimming is good exercise. (OALD) Cycling to work is good exercise. (Cambridge ...
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Can we count an uncountable noun to mean that it is a type of something

Can we count an uncountable noun (or an usually uncountable noun) to mean that it is a type of something? Examples: 1 This thing is a food. (to mean that this is a type of food.) 2 This ...
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have a friendship or have friendship

BBC: I have friendship with all the living beings The New York Times: I have multiple doormen and I have a friendship with one of them According to Cambridge, friendship is both countable and ...
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“What fruit do you like” or “what fruits do you like”?

Let's say I want to know the name of fruits a person likes. Do I have to say fruit or fruits? For example: What fruit do you like? What fruits do you like?
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Is “quality” countable or uncountable in the following context?

I used to think that when quality refers to the standard of something, it is a mass noun. However, a sentence I saw the other day complicated the issue. It reads like this: "Using this definition, ...
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Which article is aloud to be used with the term “launch power”?

I'm having problem with the usage of articles for the word "power", namely "launch power" (the power at the input of a glass fiber): "power" is uncountable in this case: Power" can also mean ...
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Can I say he is misusing the Uncountables?

The youth of today dream of high-quality educations. Is this sentence correct? A teacher often use the Uncountable Nouns such as knowledges, educations, sugars as plurals. Can I say he is misusing ...
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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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Why no article?

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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aspect of vs aspect to difference

I don't understand why aspect noun takes "to" preposition later on. I would trust the professional's advice in that aspect of economics. There are many fascinating aspects to the complex procedure. ...
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Non-countable nouns in English that end on “-s”

The word "news" appears to be plural - Oxford Dictionary says its origin is "Late Middle English plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’." Yet in modern ...
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“Distance” vs “a distance”

I would like to understand in which cases the word distance is a mass noun and in which it is not. Indeed, distance is something that one can measure, so for me it looks like it should be a mass noun. ...
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lemonade - countable or uncountable

Is "lemonade" countable or uncountable? Could I say the following sentence? Could you please bring me a lemonade? Or must I say "a glass of lemonade" ?
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What is correct - grape flavor or grapes flavor?

Its very confusing which is correct: grape flavor or grapes flavor We had a debate in our office regarding the collective noun - Grapes As per user3169 [in ELL]: "You should use grapes though, ...
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Why do we say “involve any risk” and not “involve any risks”

Financial Times: The near-obsession with defending the rating has ensured that where the bank loan involves any risk..... The Guardian: This is not at all to say that we should demonise youth ...
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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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I am suffering from a headache

1. I am suffering from a headache. 2. I am suffering from toothache. 3. I am suffering from backache. According to Raymond Murphy headache is countable because it is common, while toothache, ...
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Is the usage _a chalk piece_ acceptable in modern English?

Most teachers in India say chalk piece or a chalk piece instead of a piece of chalk. I know that chalk is uncountable and the correct usage is a piece of chalk. But I have read in certain books ...
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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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Water, a water and waters

1. Water boils at 100°c. 2. Still waters run deep. Based on the two sentences we can say that water is both uncountable and countable.If water is countable "a water" should be there as in the case ...
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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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(a) test administration

If you encounter a problem during a test administration, please first report your concern to the test center supervisor. From https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/lsat-test-center-problems-...
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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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a better understanding of this structure

Parents have a better understanding for\of their children than schools. Fathers and mothers have a better knowledge about their children than schools. Why “a” is used here although “...
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ordinal numbers modifying uncountable nouns?

I'd like to know whether it is grammatical in contemporary English to modify an uncountable noun with ordinal numbers. Is it right to say, "first disobedience" or "second importance"?
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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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Use of Uncountable or mass nouns in the plural form

Most grammar sources and Grammarly app say that uncountable nouns can not be used in plural form! However, what about the case when we talk about different types of uncountable noun? For example, let ...
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“fruit and vegetable intake” vs “fruit and vegetables intake”

In the answer to the question Vegetable or vegetables it is said that in English, only vegetables but not vegetable can be used, since it is not considered a mass noun. I'm aware the following is not ...
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Vegetable or vegetables?

The book I'm using writes vegetable in a plural form. I don't think this is correct. Do you like strawberries or lettuce? No. I like neither fruit or vegetables. Should it be written as: ...
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How can an uncountable noun be associated with plural nouns?

I collected data on income in some countries and found that (all) the income data is close to each other. I am not sure that the expression "is close to each other" in the sentence above I created ...
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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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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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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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