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    Default is "view" countable or uncountable?

    Dear all,

    a place with nice view/ a place with a nice view

    Like the case above, when "view" means a sight, is it a countable noun or an uncountable one? I googled both and found a lot of both. It seems that both can be fine. Is this just a matter of preference? Or am I missing something?

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    Default Re: is "view" countable or uncountable?

    Hello.

    I am not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    So, you shouldn't take what I'm going to say on trust.

    But, let me give it a shot. Here is an excerpt from the OALD, 8th edition:

    3 [uncountable,  singular] used when you are talking about whether you can see sth or whether sth can be seen in a particular situation
    The lake soon came into view .
    The sun disappeared from view .
    There was nobody in view .
    Sit down—you're blocking my view.
    I didn't have a good view of the stage.


    4 [countable] what you can see from a particular place or position, especially beautiful countryside
    There were magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
    The view from the top of the tower was spectacular.
    a sea/mountain view
    I'd like a room with a view.

    As you might have noticed they use a good view at point 3, althought it's an uncountable noun. I reckon it's because they're speaking about a sort of view here. The same should be applied to your example.

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    Default Re: is "view" countable or uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    a place with nice view/ a place with a nice view

    Like the case above, when "view" means a sight, is it a countable noun or an uncountable one? I googled both and found a lot of both. It seems that both can be fine. Is this just a matter of preference? Or am I missing something?

    Thank you!

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    Countable. The place has a nice view (or nice views). The reason for the large number of counter-examples, especially on the internet, is that people tend to omit articles in advertisements, so a lonely hearts advertiser would claim to have 'GSOH [{a} good sense of humour]' and someone trying to sell a house would refer to it as having 'h&c, en-suite, near shops, good view'.

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