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    countable or uncountable

    Hi there
    Could you please tell me if "dodge ball" can be used as a countable noun?
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    Re: countable or uncountable

    It depends how you use it;

    A dodge ball is larger than a baseball.

    Dodge ball is fun.

    Do you like dodge ball?

    She is a dodge ball fanatic.

    HOW a word is used must be considered before you can figure out its function in the sentence.

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    Re: countable or uncountable

    The round thing that you throw around is countable.

    The name of the game is normally uncountable.

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    Re: countable or uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hi there
    Could you please tell me if "dodge ball" can be used as a countable noun?
    Thank you.
    I am not a teacher.

    It is possible. If we can call a certain type of ball a "dodgeball", that is, the type of ball we use to play dodgeball, and we have more than one of them, we could ask, "Has anybody seen the dodgeballs?" The trouble is that dodgeball is usually played with any suitable ball; it isn't like a baseball or football that way.

    The National Amateur Dodgeball Association says, "The official ball used in tournament and league play will be an 8.25" rubber-coated foam ball" and begins a game "by placing the dodgeballs along the center line ...".

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    Re: countable or uncountable

    In English, the name of a game or sport is usually uncountable.
    Example: Hockey, Dodgeball, Baseball, Soccer (all uncountable)

    The objects used in the game or sport are countable.
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    A dodgeball - is a singular countable noun which requires a determiner.

    Dodgeballs - is a plural countable noun which does not require a determiner.

    If you want to play dodgeball, you must pick out a dodgeball from the bag of dodgeballs.

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