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    Problem / Uncountable

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=63066&dict=CALD
    The dictionary says 'problem' is countable not both. But can I make it uncountable?

    Are these correct? If not, why?
    1. I have computer problem. (Can 'problem' be uncountable here or do I need an uncountable determiner? Like this:
    2. I have some computer problem. (Why do I need to have 'some' here? There's no way this sentence is correct without it?)

    3. I have a weird computer problem.

    4. I have weird computer problem.

    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=...nG=Search&meta=
    5. I have computer problem. (If this is incorrect, why? Google has 73,000 results!)
    6. I have some computer problem.

    7. I have problem. (Is this correct? Can I make 'problem' uncountable like that? If not, why? If I could, that would not be grammatical right?)
    8. I have some problem.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...8738&dict=CALD
    9. Some street don't look very clean. (Can I make ‘street’ uncountable? If not, why?)


    11. I have stomach ache. (Is this incorrect? Why? I can't make 'ache' uncountable?)
    12. I have a stomach ache. (Why do I need 'a' here?)

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    Re: Problem / Uncountable


    The following are correct:

    3. I have a weird computer problem.

    6. I have some computer problem.

    12. I have a stomach-ache.

    Note, in 6. 'some' is synonumous with a considerable or a remarkable; e.g, I have a considerable or remarkable computer problem.


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    Re: Problem / Uncountable

    Thanks.

    1. I have (some) computer problem. (So I have to use an determiner here? Like 'some'?)

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/def...78738&dict=CALD
    2. Some street don't look very clean. (Can I make ‘street’ uncountable? If not, why?)

    What do these mean?
    3. This one has networking ability. (This is correct right? What does it mean?)
    4. This one has a networking ability. (This one only has ONE networking ability?)

    5. She has killing ability.
    6. She has a killing ability.

    5. This one has ability. (Is this right? If not, why?)
    6. This one has a ability.

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    Re: Problem / Uncountable

    This one has networking ability. (general networking ability)

    This one has a networking ability. (an unspecified type/kind of networking ability)

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    Re: Problem / Uncountable

    Thanks.

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