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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How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
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I am working as a consultant in a/in/in the corporate sector?

I am working as a consultant in a/in/in the corporate sector? Which one is right? what does the sentence mean with articles and without articles? can the corporate sector be an uncountable noun? And ...
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Uncountable noun 1 OR Uncountable 2 ARE/IS

I have just read the following: These design rules play an important role, and reworking or enhancement of their function represent a possible outcome of ... Why not "represents"? I ...
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"A bit" and "a little" can only be used in front of an adjective when the adjective is being used after a verb such as be, but if a noun follows

Page 557 of Collins English Usage reads A bit and a little can only be used in front of an adjective when the adjective is being used after a verb such as be, but not with an adjective that is in ...
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Looking for a smartphone that has "good battery backup"? Why not "a good battery backup"?

Looking for a smartphone that has "good battery backup"? Why is it not "a good battery back up"? Why do we have to omit the article? If you are looking for a smartphone with a ...
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How can a noun be countable and uncountable at the same time?

How can a noun be countable and uncountable at the same time? For example 'shock'. You can get a shock. I'm suffering from __ shock.
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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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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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"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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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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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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Whichever vs any with numerics

Here's a list of games. You can buy whichever you want. Here's a list of games. You can buy any you want. I, as a non-native speaker, understand it as: The first sentence means that only one game ...
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What does "a year of activity" mean?

Can we say: a year/month/week of activity to express all of the activities happened in a particular time? I think a year/month/week of doing something may have the same function. But the meaning may ...
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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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Is "in fiction" right?

It is all very well for such things to occur in fiction. Why not use in fictions?
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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 ...