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    Some help, please

    Hello everybody

    How do I use the word collapse ?
    I mean countable or uncountable?

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    Hello everybody

    How do I use the word collapse ?
    I mean countable or uncountable?
    Countable, but less likely to be used in the plural. "There have been several collapses of bridges recently that were built in the 18th century." RATHER: "Bridges built in the 18th century have collapsed (verb) recently."

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Countable, but less likely to be used in the plural. "There have been several collapses of bridges recently that were built in the 18th century." RATHER: "Bridges built in the 18th century have collapsed (verb) recently."
    thank you very much, but there are other meanings, aren't they

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    thank you very much, but there are other meanings, aren't they
    What other meanings for the noun "collapse" do you think there are?

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What other meanings for the noun "collapse" do you think there are?

    For example,
    1. To fall down and perhaps become unconscious
    2. To fail

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    For example,
    1. To fall down and perhaps become unconscious
    2. To fail
    "To collapse" is a verb, which can indeed mean "to fall down and become unconscious", but you were asking about "collapse" as a countable or uncountable noun.

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "To collapse" is a verb, which can indeed mean "to fall down and become unconscious", but you were asking about "collapse" as a countable or uncountable noun.
    That's true, but surely "a collapse" can also be the noun referring to an episode of someone falling down and perhaps becoming unconscious.

    He suffered a fatal collapse at work.

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's true, but surely "a collapse" can also be the noun referring to an episode of someone falling down and perhaps becoming unconscious.

    He suffered a fatal collapse at work.
    Yes, I agree, but I'm not sure if the OP is clear about the difference.

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    Re: Some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "To collapse" is a verb, which can indeed mean "to fall down and become unconscious", but you were asking about "collapse" as a countable or uncountable noun.


    I meant the nouns

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