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    undertanding and knowledge, countable or uncountable?

    Dear teachers,

    I know that the words "understanding" and "knowledge" are uncountable nouns. Yet, I have often found the following expressions:

    - I have A wide/thorough/good knowledge of British history.
    - I have A good understanding of British history.

    How is this possible?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Re: undertanding and knowledge, countable or uncountable?

    Hello Ochinoam

    These adjectives take a determiner:

    • I have a wide/thorough/good knowledge of British history.
    • I have a good understanding of British history.


    They are called quantifiers. See English Grammar: THE QUANTIFIERS: COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS,FEW,LITTLE,SOME,ANY,ENOUGH

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