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    • Join Date: Aug 2009
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    Lightbulb Please Help!

    hello i want to learn that. 'Famine' is uncountable word or countable?

    thnx


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    Re: Please Help!

    It can be used in both ways, as a countable and as an uncountable noun:

    There was a terrible famine in Ireland in the late 1840s and early 1850s that killed an estimated one million people.
    (Countable: one particular event, in one place and at one time.)

    Throughout history, famine has been a persistent problem in many parts of the world.
    (Uncountable: the general condition, in many places and at many times.)

    Greg


    • Join Date: Aug 2009
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    Re: Please Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    It can be used in both ways, as a countable and as an uncountable noun:

    There was a terrible famine in Ireland in the late 1840s and early 1850s that killed an estimated one million people.
    (Countable: one particular event, in one place and at one time.)

    Throughout history, famine has been a persistent problem in many parts of the world.
    (Uncountable: the general condition, in many places and at many times.)

    Greg
    thank you for explaning i got it;)

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