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    sebayanpendam is offline Member
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    Default a+adjective+uncountable noun

    Hi,

    Do all uncountable nouns take zero article form with adjectives to describe nouns?
    "She has shown great love for the children."

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    Default Re: a+adjective+uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    Do all uncountable nouns take zero article form with adjectives to describe nouns?
    "She has shown great love for the children."
    When a noun is used uncountably, it cannot take the indefinite article. However, most words that are usually used uncountably, can be used countably too. They can take the indefinite article then.

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    Default Re: a+adjective+uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    When a noun is used uncountably, it cannot take the indefinite article. However, most words that are usually used uncountably, can be used countably too. They can take the indefinite article then.
    Sometimes it can if you put a descriptive adjective in front of it. By pointing out some attribute, the adjective describes a type of whatever the uncountable noun is. So the indefinite article can be used there. This doesn't work with all uncountable nouns.

    EDIT: wasn't there a thread about this some days ago?

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    Default Re: a+adjective+uncountable noun

    Wasn't there a thread about this some days ago?
    Yes. See Similar Threads at the bottom of the page.

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