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    belly_ttt is offline Senior Member
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    Default Life vs Lives

    when life is uncountable and when it's not?

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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Are you asking if one is accountable for one's life?

    uncountable means unable to be counted or measured.

    Uncountable suffering happens during in wars.

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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    when life is uncountable and when it's not?
    Life is too short to worry about that = Life in general >> uncountable.
    Life is a bowl of cherries = Life in general >> uncountable

    Our lives are/My life is too short for us/me to worry about that = specific lives >> countable
    His life is like a bowl of cherries = specific life >> countable

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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Hi,
    No, I'm asking whether life is an countable noun or not.
    However, can we say: Our life?

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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Hi,
    No, I'm asking whether life is an countable noun or not.
    However, can we say: Our life?
    You can say "our life" if you refer to a group of people's life style e.g. Our life in this country is simple.

    Use "Our lives" like in this example: "We won't risk our lives because of that"

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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Hi there,
    Then when to use 'life' as countable or uncountable?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Life vs Lives

    Life is used as an uncountable when you are referring to the concept of living.

    Life is not worth living if you have no money.
    Where can we move to in order to have a good life?

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