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    manner of speaking

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    In this context, shoudn't "manner" be preceded by "a", as several dictionaries show "manner" (in the sense of a way of behaving) is countable?

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    Re: manner of speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by AliceChang1990 View Post
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    "Harassment based on race or color can include unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct directed at the characteristics of a person's race or color such as nicknames emphasizing stereotypes, racial slurs, comments on manner of speaking, and negative references to racial customs."

    In this context, shoudn't "manner" be preceded by "a", as several dictionaries show "manner" (in the sense of a way of behaving) is countable?
    If I understand your post, "manner of speaking" is OK as is. But it would also work with "the".

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    Re: manner of speaking

    What are the grammar rules on when a countable noun becomes uncountable?

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    Re: manner of speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by AliceChang1990 View Post
    What are the grammar rules on when a countable noun becomes uncountable?
    First, let me clarify my original response about the use of "a", "the" or no article with the expression "manner of speaking". Any of those three possibilities will work with that particular expression in your example.
    With regard to your question about when countable becomes uncountable, this can occur when the meaning of the noun changes from being considered a specific, countable entity (Hairs found at the crime scene were traced to the suspect.) to an abstract or non-specific/non-countable entity (Hair can be styled in many different ways.) Some nouns cannot be considered both count and non-count. I understand that this is a difficult area for English learners. Some nouns that can or cannot be considered both, simply must be memorized. Check the web for more detailed info and examples.

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