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    Default a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

    I am studying a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

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    uncounted nouns are :

    1 . subtances such as gases or liquids, solids such as sugar or sand composed
    of such small units that we would not want to count.
    2. solid masses such as butter or cheese which form a unit
    3. abstant nouns that name qualities or concepts such as bearty or truth, eg
    sugar, butter, water, gold, oxygen"

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    sound, rain, liquid, smokes are countable nouns

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    Could you kindly clarify for me?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I am studying a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

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    Points quoted from the grammar book

    uncounted nouns are :

    1 . subtances such as gases or liquids, solids such as sugar or sand composed
    of such small units that we would not want to count.
    2. solid masses such as butter or cheese which form a unit
    3. abstant nouns that name qualities or concepts such as bearty or truth, eg
    sugar, butter, water, gold, oxygen"

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    sound, rain, liquid, smokes are countable nouns

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    Could you kindly clarify for me?

    Thank you.
    "Sound" can be countable and uncountable.
    "Rain" is generally uncountable but you can say "The rains have finally come to the country".
    "Liquid" can be countable and uncountable.
    "Smoke" as the noun meaning the cloudy stuff which comes from fire or cigarettes is uncountable. "Smoke" as a slang noun for a cigarette is countable ("Have you got any smokes?")
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    Default Re: a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Sound" can be countable and uncountable.
    "Rain" is generally uncountable but you can say "The rains have finally come to the country".
    "Liquid" can be countable and uncountable.
    "Smoke" as the noun meaning the cloudy stuff which comes from fire or cigarettes is uncountable. "Smoke" as a slang noun for a cigarette is countable ("Have you got any smokes?")
    Dear emsr2d2,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Let me try to make sentences according to your instructions.

    Liquid" can be countable and uncountable.
    1. There are a lot of different kinds of liquids flowing onto the table.
    2. Liquid is different from solid.

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    "Smoke" as the noun meaning the cloudy stuff which comes from fire or cigarettes is uncountable. "Smoke" as a slang noun for a cigarette is countable ("Have you got any smokes?")

    sorry, I cann't think of any example coresponding to "smoke' is uncountable.

    Can you help?

    Ju

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    Default Re: a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    sorry, I cann't think of any example coresponding to "smoke' is uncountable.

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    Have you tried looking up "smoke" in a dictionary? See here.

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    Default Re: a grammar book and an electronic dictionary by Oxford.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Dear emsr2d2,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Let me try to make sentences according to your instructions.

    Liquid" can be countable and uncountable.
    1. There are a lot of different kinds of liquids flowing onto the table.
    2. Liquid is different from solid.

    ************************************************** **********

    "Smoke" as the noun meaning the cloudy stuff which comes from fire or cigarettes is uncountable. "Smoke" as a slang noun for a cigarette is countable ("Have you got any smokes?")

    sorry, I cann't think of any example coresponding to "smoke' is uncountable.

    Can you help?

    Ju
    Smoke, rising from the fire, alerted the cavalry soldiers that the enemy would attack soon.
    There was smoke all over the area.
    I saw what appeared to be some smoke just over the hill.
    The smoke made seeing difficult.
    Let's have a smoke and sing part of the old song that goes, "...there'll be smoke on the water, there'll be smoke on the sea".

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