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    Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    Hi everyone!

    I understand how "desire" is uncountable and is an abstract noun but it can also be countable... can anyone give me a sentence or 3 to show me how?

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    Re: Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    I'll post two more to complement:
    She was full of desire.
    You must get rid of your desires.
    Last edited by mmasny; 21-Mar-2010 at 19:23. Reason: misspelt word

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    Re: Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    Wow thank you so much!

    (I was being cheeky by asking for more than the usual two )

    So to clarify:
    I have the desire to swim in the sea. I have a distinct desire to eat ice cream. The desire to dance was strong.
    In these sentences desire is countable because it refers to one action?

    She was full of desire. Uncountable?
    You must get rid of your desires.
    Countable because when an abstract noun becomes plural (if it is one that can become plural) then it automatically assumes that it can be counted?

    Thank you again for your wonderful help!!!

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    Re: Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    Quote Originally Posted by swedish meatball View Post
    She was full of desire. Uncountable? Yes, like in "She was full of water."
    You must get rid of your desires.
    Countable because when an abstract noun becomes plural (if it is one that can become plural) then it automatically assumes that it can be counted? One desire is one type of desire here. The person that is talked to should get rid of every type of desire that is yet left in him.

    Thank you again for your wonderful help!!!
    I tried to explain my sentences. I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    You must get rid of your desires - Uncountable
    How come? I think it's countable here.

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    Re: Desire Abstract and uncountable....also countable?

    he expressed a desire to visit us.

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