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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Why in the idiomatic phrase "to catch a cold" is there an article even though it's uncountable?

The word "cold' is a mass noun, meaning that it's uncountable noun. We cannot count cold as we cannon count hot. Nevertheless, we find a usage of "to catch a cold" using of an article before the mass ...
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Is an adjective make uncountable noun countable?

I've mentioned in the previous question a few days ago that advice is an uncountable noun. I've seen when the noun is attached with an adjective beside it, there are some that have article a and some ...
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Should I say "I don't have *an* enough information about this city"

In the following sentence should I need to add an article ('an') or I can write it without this article? I don't have enough information about this city I don't have an enough information about this ...
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Is "a very heavy security" correct in English?

Can I say in English "There is a very heavy security around that building" meaning that there are not only many security guards around the building, but there are also some other security-...
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"I will give you (the) advice on how to buy the best car wax for your car."

I have written this sentence without the before the word advice: I will give you advice on how to buy the best car wax for your car. But I have learned that extra information makes the object ...
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"I hear a noise" vs "I hear noise"

I'm not sure about differences in these two sentences. I hear a noise. I hear noise. Is noise something you can count? What is the difference between the two?
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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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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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Are uncountable nouns affected by these words (some - a lot of - many - much)?

It is a basic question but I really need the answer. I know that uncountable nouns are always "singular". For example we say: Information is good / Milk is useful. What happens when I use these ...
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Is 'stationary' singular or plural?

stationary Does the word 'stationary' always refers to singular form?
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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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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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'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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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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"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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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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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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"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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Impact, countable or uncountable?

This assumption has a negligible impact on the study. This assumption has negligible impact on the study. Which one between the two above sentences is correct ?
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“Which of the following information is true” or “Which piece of the following information is true”?

I saw this question on a test paper (compiled by a Chinese teaching staff), Which of the following information is true? But I think it's not correct because "information" is an uncountable noun. ...
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Is it wrong to say "I ate 2 roast chickens"?

In dictionaries, Chicken 1 [countable] a common farm bird that is kept for its meat and eggs → hen, cock, rooster, chick 2 [uncountable] the meat from this bird eaten as food roast ...
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What follows a mass noun followed by a list with several items?

Equipment are gloves and glasses. Equipment is gloves and glasses. //The translation has been approved, but I am only the editor, I have to work with grammar, interpunction but cannot change the ...
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Is an uncountable noun treated as a singular noun?

For example, if a banana is mostly rotten, I can describe it just as ‘a banana is rotten.’ Water gets frozen from the top. If the water is mostly frozen (not in degree, but in amount), can I describe ...
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Uncountability of “watermelon” and “pineapple”

I noticed that “watermelon” and “pineapple” are used as uncountable when the flesh of them is focused. Likewise, “strawberry” can be used as uncountable when strawberries are chopped or something?
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Is it OK to say "I drink much water"?

There was a question like this: Which alternatives are correct? Sometimes only one alternative is correct, and sometimes two alternatives are possible. I drink ___ water every day. A much B a lot ...
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Why is there a definite article before “rain”?

Villagers are now waiting for the rain to come so that the rice will grow. Why is it the rain in this sentence, not rain without the definite article? We are talking about rain in general to come, ...
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Deviation from the dictionary meaning of "fall about" and unreasonable plural form of water

So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters. (From O Henry's The Gift of the Magi) The phrasal verb "fell about" means "to laugh ...
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Why don't we use the definite article in "you have the experience of..."?

Consider these examples: Do you have the experience of working with kids? Do you have experience of working with kids? From what I have learned, we can use "the" with uncountable nouns ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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Thanks yenaled!

Is "yenaled" a word in English? If yes, kindly, give me its example from any certified dictionary. My context is: One of my friends was teaching the students on Facebook about this word. As I ...
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their wrath or their wraths?

When talking about a group of people, e.g. project managers, which of these is more correct: Project managers are generally goodhearted, but here's a list of things you should avoid doing lest you ...
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Are these words indeed uncountable?

I found this big list of uncountable words in English, and I don't understand why they're considered uncountable while I saw many of them countable. For example: Juice- List of juices in Wikipedia ...
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"The most delicious fruit is..." - plums or plum?

So recently I've learned that the word "fruit" is typically a mass noun, which is quite embarrassing to be honest, as I'll probably have to explain some related grammar to my students. The course ...
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Is it okay to say "a big news"? [duplicate]

Is it okay to say "a big news" for example, "I am telling you a big news" or is it wrong? I heard a non-native English speaker say that. The word "news" is mystery to me. It has a plural ...

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