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    Is "Mercy" countable or uncountable?

    Can you please help me with that, can I say a mercy or mercies? And is there any easy rule to know whether word is countable or uncountable?


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Is "Mercy" countable or uncountable?

    I don't think one uses an article with "mercy." And I've never heard anyone say "mercies."


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    Re: Is "Mercy" countable or uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marybeth View Post
    Can you please help me with that, can I say a mercy or mercies? And is there any easy rule to know whether word is countable or uncountable?


    Thanks a lot
    "Mercy" can be both.

    Generally, it refers to a property or condition, so it is not countable.
    - The young thirst for justice, but the old long only for mercy.

    However, we do have an expression "small mercies," which considers individual acts of mercy as "mercies" in a countable sense.
    - Thank Heaven for small mercies!
    - Well, that's one mercy anyway.

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