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    Is the word "analysis" countabe or uncaoutable? Sometimes I have a doubt on the use of the indefinite article with it. Could you shed some lite on it?

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    Re: analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Is the word "analysis" countabe or uncaoutable? Sometimes I have a doubt on the use of the indefinite article with it. Could you shed some lite on it?
    It can be countable, you can say "an analysis", for example. The plural is "analyses".

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    Re: analysis

    Could you please elaborate on that? When is it countable, and when is it uncountable?
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    Re: analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Could you please elaborate on that? When is it countable, and when is it uncountable?
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    It's uncountable when it's used as an abstract noun:
    Falling in love is not subject to logical analysis.

    It's countable when you're referring to a specific analysis or analyses of something.

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    Re: analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Is the word "analysis" countabe or uncaoutable? Sometimes I have a doubt on the use of the indefinite article with it. Could you shed some lite on it?
    Countability in abstract nouns is quite a tricky fella for non-native speakers including me.
    Rule of thumb(My thumb actually) is if used as an instance or specific kind then treat it as count! For instance, when we use "analysis" as the process of analyzing then it should be abstract and uncountable but when we use it as "an instance or one version of such sort of analysis then it is considered concrete and countable.

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