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    Hello:
    I was wondering if you could help me with the following doubts:

    a) Uncountable nouns - Is this sentence right? "I don't have much time"? Is time in this sentence correct? When should I use "time"as a countable noun?

    b) Can I say: I have some problems in my job. / I have some problems at work? Are both of them right?

    c) hear / listen - Can I say: "You will hear a conversation" and "You will listen to a conversation"? Do they have a similar meaning?

    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    a) Uncountable nouns - Is this sentence right? "I don't have much time"? Is time in this sentence correct? When should I use "time"as a countable noun?
    You can count seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, etc., but you cannot count time.

    You can say I don't have much time; I don't have any time; I don't have enough time or any version thereof.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    b) Can I say: I have some problems in my job. / I have some problems at work? Are both of them right?
    It is more usual to say I have some problems on my job. Otherwise, both are perfectly correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    c) hear / listen - Can I say: "You will hear a conversation" and "You will listen to a conversation"? Do they have a similar meaning?
    You can say either one, but they do not mean the same thing. You can hear a conversation without actively listening to it. If you are listening to a conversation you are trying to hear what is being said.


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