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    [U. sing.] and [U]

    Looking up words in the dictionary, I always encounter symbols like these in front of words.

    For example:

    [U. sing.] Distrust
    [U] Health

    I know [U] means it's an uncountable noun for sure. But what does the first one mean?

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    Re: [U. sing.] and [U]

    1)The dictionary is telling you that distrust can be used:

    either as an uncountable noun [U]: Distrust is a bad thing.

    or as a singular [sing] in reference to a particular instance of distrust: She now feels a distrust and suspicion towards him.


    2)[U] Health: I doubt you may say "a health".

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