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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    'Apple can be used uncountably, and water can be used countably.' Could you provide an example, please?
    "water" can be used countably:

    I'm going to get a slice of pizza and a water (meaning "one bottle of water").

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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    'gas, power and currency are frequently used countably.'

    But if they are uncountable why are they used countably?
    There is no such thing as a countable or uncountable noun. The words 'countable' and 'uncountable' are used by writers on English as a useful shorthand to help learners understand when they can, for example, use or not use the indefinite article in certain contexts.
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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    'Apple can be used uncountably, and water can be used countably.' Could you provide an example, please?
    The only context in which I can think of "apple" being used uncountably is where we're talking of the wood of an apple tree.

    It's made of oak.
    It's made of apple.

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    I was confused, because my dictionary says that gas is uncountable/uncountable, helium is uncountable, power-sometimes countanble and sometimes uncountable and currency can be countable and can be uncountable, power-countable/uncountable.

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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    I was confused, because my dictionary says that gas is uncountable/uncountable, helium is uncountable, power-sometimes countanble and sometimes uncountable and currency can be countable and can be uncountable, power-countable/uncountable.
    As you can see, English is a VERY complex language. When it comes to countable/uncountable nouns, you're better off consulting a very good dictionary that has this issue covered comprehensively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    I was confused, because my dictionary says that gas is uncountable/uncountable, helium is uncountable, power-sometimes countanble and sometimes uncountable and currency can be countable and can be uncountable, power-countable/uncountable.
    Think about it, does "heliums" make sense? Hydrogens? What would "heliums" be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    The only context in which I can think of "apple" being used uncountably is where we're talking of the wood of an apple tree.
    For pudding today we have stewed fruit and custard. Would you like blackberry or apple or both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    For pudding today we have stewed fruit and custard. Would you like blackberry or apple or both?
    Got it!

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    I know it's a stretch, but how about using "dog" as an uncountable noun? 'I like dog' meaning 'I like dog meat.' I know that it sounds rather cruel and it's not something you'd hear very often, but it seems possible to me, even though a dictionary would not include this usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I know it's a stretch, but how about using "dog" as an uncountable noun? 'I like dog' meaning 'I like dog meat.' I know that it sounds rather cruel and it's not something you'd hear very often, but it seems possible to me, even though a dictionary would not include this usage.
    When I lived in China, I used 'dog' as an uncountable noun for a type of meat. In other countries in which I have worked, I have used 'horse', 'camel and 'goat' uncountably.

    See post #12 for my views on 'countable' and 'uncountable' nouns.
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