Questions tagged [uncountable-nouns]

For questions about nouns that are viewed as a "mass" or "whole" that cannot be counted or separated. These nouns usually aren't used in the plural, with the indefinite article ("a" or "an"), or with numbers.

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“Great advancement” vs. “Great advancements”

I have seen great advancement in technology in recent times. I have seen great advancements in technology in recent times. What is the difference between #1, and #2? To me, both seem to mean “...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”?

In my sci­en­tific ar­ti­cle manuscript, I used tomato to re­fer to the plant in gen­eral. But af­ter I sent the manuscript to the El­se­vier English Cor­rec­tion Ser­vice, they changed all tomato ...
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“is proven” or “are proven” in this sentence?

This is my version: Metallo-organic anti-wear additive system in Havoline ProDS Fully Synthetic ECO 5and ProDS Fully Synthetic LE SAE 5W-40 is proven to protect engines under a broad range of ...
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Use of “Much”, “Many” and “More” in English

In the example below, I used more and much both but I can't understand the proper use-case for more, much, and many. Sometimes, it confuses that in which scenario which one is a perfect match for it. ...
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Noun both countable and uncountable

For example, gas is countable and uncountable. Then, can 'much gas' always be translated into 'many gases'? Oh, look at that! there's a cloud of many gases!
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“Dogs are a type of animal”

I have two questions. (1) I know that we should say "Dogs are a type of animal". I wonder why we don't say "Dogs are a type of an animal"? For some reason, we have no article ...
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Is it 'oils' or 'oil'?

In this sentence, is oil allowed (mass noun) or should it be oils? Hurry and get your hands on any of our premium Shell engine oil/oils and get a free cleaner at a great price! (This sentence would ...
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How do native speakers distinguish countable nouns from uncountable nouns?

As an English learner(I'm Chinese), I've always been confused by the concept of countable and uncountable nouns. For example, I totally understand why "water" is uncountable, but why does “...
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Which one sounds the best?

1 Do you have any cough syrup? 2 Do you have any cough syrups? 3 Do you have cough syrup? 4 Do you have cough syrups?
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“We need to protect (environment / the environment) from pollution”

We need to protect (environment / the environment) from pollution I have confusion in above question. Should I use 'the' or not?
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“shorthand” - uncountable or not?

Cambridge dictionary lists "shorthand" as an uncountable word. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/shorthand) However, I see a lot of its usage with the indefinite article. ...
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Sweat [Countable / Uncountable]

I was wondering if the indefinite article "a" is necessary in the following sentences, whereas the noun "sweat" in an uncountable word. I broke out in a cold sweat from pain. I ...
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why is it right to say “a… professionalism”?

As jeans-lovers have entered the corporate world they have popularized a casual work look, wearing Jeans as the basic wardrobe ___ laid-back but actually ambitious new professionalism. (From an ...
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Which pronoun should I use after “lots of paper”? (“it” v “them”)

Does this sentence sound grammatically correct? He used lots of paper and cut them into different sizes. Or should I use it instead?
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Is sky a countable noun or an uncountable noun? [duplicate]

Is "sky" a countable noun or an uncountable noun? We can count the sky as it is only one, but it's that people refer to as it being uncountable.
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noun, struggle(countable), survival(mass)

generally "survival" is uncountable, however "struggle" is countable. In my guess and definitions in dictionaries "survival" is a state and continuing sense. struggle is ...
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A single line of 'code' or 'codes'?

What and why should I use, a single line of 'code' or 'codes'? Example sentence: Today we don't need to write a single line of codes to do anything
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Do we have to use singular nouns after “plenty of”?

In the following sentence from Interchange 2 Teacher's book page T-226: They have plenty of room and I'm sure they'll be happy to have guests. I think the word room does not refer to space and it is ...
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Why is “science” in “Bachelor of Science” singular, whereas “arts” in “Bachelor of Arts” is plural?

In the following degrees — "Bachelor of Science" and "Master of Science" — "science" is an uncountable or singular noun. In contrast, in "Bachelor of Arts" and ...
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An uncountable noun can be counted when the context is clear?

Questions: (a) In a clear context, especially when telling the listener that there are types or versions of it, any uncountable noun can actually be counted, no matter what the uncountable noun is, ...
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Equipment or equipments? [closed]

I am having a conversation with some international learners of English. I am assuming that the term equipment is singular and plural. A chat friend insists that the term equipments is the appropriate ...
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I am leaving town for a few days. can I use definite article ’the’ before the uncountable noun ’town’ here

Here the town is an uncountable noun When referred to work place or place where I live and don’t use an article.But in the conversation if I had mentioned the word town or spoke about it already,...
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We are hoping for ‘mutual divorce’ or ‘a/the mutual divorce’. Is divorce here countable or uncountable?

How to recognise uncountable nouns.? When should we avoid using articles especially before the nouns that act as both countable and uncountable nouns?
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Should I use an article in “extract text from document” phrases?

I am writing an article about the extraction of an entire text from a document. I am not sure if I should use "a", "the", or nothing in "extract text" phrases. Sample sentences: "How to extract text ...
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Can I say “this water” or “that furniture”? [closed]

Can I say "this water" or "that furniture" ? If I can, what does it mean?
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Can we say “He is a scum”?

According to dictionaries, "scum" can be used in countable or uncountable sense; but "He is a scum" sounds wrong to my ears. Can the sentences "He is a scum" and "He is scum" be used interchangeably?
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What’s the difference between We need someone to take ownership of the issue. and We need someone to take ‘the’ ownership of the issue?

What does having ‘the’ before ownership in the second sentence indicate? When to use ‘the’ if I want to use ‘the’ before ownership?
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it’s a pleasure meeting you or it’s pleasure meeting you.Why do we put the article’a’ when pleasure is an abstract and uncountable noun?

How to use uncountable nouns as countable nouns? Here pleasure is abstract noun and how to identify uncountable nouns as countable nouns according to situations?
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What’s the difference between abide by law and abide by the law? What does the article the’ before the word law represent?

Is the phrase abide by law is correct? How to use articles after prepositions like by and in ?
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Sleep - countable?

So my first assumption is, of course, that you have to say "I had little sleep", but so many people say "I had a little sleep", and I can't understand why "sleep" becomes countable all of a sudden. Is ...
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A fish\Two fish\Two fishes [duplicate]

Do I understand the next right? I caught a fish It will mean I just caught some fish in quantity of one. I caugh two fish Means I caught two fish that are of the same species I caught two fishes I ...
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“got any eggs” vs. “got any egg”

Have we got any eggs? vs Have we got any egg? What is the difference between these two sentences in terms of meaning?
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Do “I ate many noodles today” and “you should eat many vegetables” sound wrong?

According to dictionary "noodle" is a countable noun and often in plural form I learned that we can use "many" before countable nouns. Does "I ate many noodles today" sound wrong? In addition, "...
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“I need to dig deeper in hard disk” VS “I need to dig deeper in the hard disk”?

I need to dig deeper in hard disk or I need to dig deeper in the hard disk. Which one is right? Is hard disk uncountable? Is hard disk uncountable noun in the first sentence if the ...
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Much more/many more

I undestand we use many more when talking about things we can count, with countable nouns. And much more with uncountable ones. But I was wondering if there were cases where they could be ...
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What’s the difference between due to lockdown and due to a lockdown? Can I use article before the word lock down?

People are working from home due to lockdown or people are working from home due to a lockdown? Which one is true? And why the other one is not true incase one of the usages is not correct?
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'My source has video of the crash site' and why not 'my source has a video of the crash site'? Why the article ‘a’ cannot be used?

My source has video of the crash site. and why not my source has a video of the crash site? Why the article a cannot be used? Also there are other sentences like we had a video made of our wedding. ...
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How to use the word abuse as a countable noun?

Holding animals in captivity is considered abuse. or Holding animals in captivity is considered an abuse. I am confused about having an article or no article before the word abuse. I am ...
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Is 'optimism' countable?

Cambridge Dictionary offers the sentence below as an example of give rise to: International support has given rise to a new optimism in the company. Although it's shown in Cambridge Dictionary and ...
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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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