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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    If you know that it sounds cruel, but you want to discuss it start your own new thread then. If I could I would delete your reply.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    If you know that it sounds cruel, but you want to discuss it start your own new thread then. If I could I would delete your reply.
    I am most relieved that you can't. CS made a useful contribution to this discussion. It's not a question of starting another thread - the comment was relevant to this thread.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    There are many different gases, oxygen, helium, argon, propane etcetera.
    A government, for example, has many powers.
    There are almost as many currencies in the world as there are countries.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

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    This has been an area I've been struggling with myself. I was wondering whether there is a comprehensive online source that gives us ALL of the nouns that can be both countable and uncountable. I'd greatly appreciate your help.
    I do believe that if you think hard enough you can make any noun countable and any noun uncountable. It's just a matter of making up a suitable context. For some nouns such contexts would probably have to be extremely unlikely though.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I do believe that if you think hard enough you can make any noun countable and any noun uncountable. It's just a matter of making up a suitable context. For some nouns such contexts would probably have to be extremely unlikely though.
    Well, let's take the word "pencil", for example. Can it be uncountable? I'd like an example. You might be right. I teach people (Russians!) English and I want to know everything!

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Or can you say a furniture?

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Well, let's take the word "pencil", for example. Can it be uncountable?
    Charcoal demands a degree of courage on the part of the artist; pencil is more forgiving.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Yes, that one I agree with! But, I mean, there ARE nouns that can NEVER be countable or nouns that can never be uncountable, aren't there? Someone had to do some subsuming to organize things. Saying that countable/uncountable nouns are a figment of our imagination is but a stretch, isn't it?

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Yes, that one I agree with! But, I mean, there ARE nouns that can NEVER be countable or nouns that can never be uncountable, aren't there?
    I agree. You cannot count water because that wouldn't make sense. You can count the water molecules.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I agree. You cannot count water because that wouldn't make sense. You can count the water molecules.
    I know what you mean but we've already talked about the word "water". It CAN be countable as a bottle of water. Take "furniture" for example. This one does stand out as a strictly uncountable noun, doesn't it?

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