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    I would like to ask about a word, failure.
    Which is correct?

    A system failure has occurred. (countable)
    System failure has occurred. (uncountable)

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: failure

    I would use the first, though you could make a context where the second would work.

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    Default Re: failure

    I agree with 5jj, though "There has been a [complete] system failure" would be more natural.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: failure

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree with 5jj, though "There has been a [complete] system failure" would be more natural.
    I admire your ability to read minds at a distance.
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Jan-2013 at 08:04.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I admire your ability to read minds at a distance.
    You should see what I can do close up!
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