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    Talking abbreviation [U,sing]

    In Oxford dictionary, I saw the abbreviation [U,sing.]. Is that means we can place 'a' before the noun which is uncountable?
    For example:
    -knowledge [U,sing]
    +He has a wide knowledge of music.
    +She has a good knowledge of painting.

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    Re: abbreviation [U,sing]

    Could it mean, non-count, singular?


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    Re: abbreviation [U,sing]

    "uncountable" ??

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    Re: abbreviation [U,sing]

    Yes, so I can't understand. Could you explain this to me, please?

    Ex: Insert a or an if necessary:
    27. I want ... assistant with ... knowledge of French and ... experience of ... office routine.
    The key is 27 an, a, -, -
    <Copied from A Practical English Grammar Exercise 1 3rd edition - by A.J Thomson & A.V.Martinet>

    '' a knowledge of French''???
    ( In Oxford dictionary: knowledge [U,sing]
    U uncountable noun
    sing singular )

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    Re: abbreviation [U,sing]

    Non-count nouns can be used as count nouns when used in the classificatory sense (i.e., a kind of):

    Ex: ...with a (general) knowledge of French ...

    Question: What kind of knowledge?
    Answer: A general knowledge of French.

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    Re: abbreviation [U,sing]

    It seems ok. Thanks a lot, :D

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