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    make a progress

    Dictionaries say that 'progress' is an uncountable noun. But I read the phrase 'which prevents our making a progress towards perfection' and the sentence 'Whatsoever is successively varied, or has such a manner of existence as time can affect, must have had both an origin and a progress;...' from the Grammar of English Grammars. May I ask if native speakers sometimes say 'a progress'?

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    Last edited by joham; 27-Jun-2010 at 01:50. Reason: one sentence added.

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    Re: make a progress

    Both those sentences sound wrong to me. I'm trying to think of an instance when "progress" could be countable; I'll let you know if I recall any. Many non-countable nouns have specific countable usages, but I don't think this is one of them.

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    Re: make a progress

    Then how about the phrase a careful attention and an evidence inthese sentences? Do native speakers say/use them?

    But how shall, or can, this readiness be acquired? I answer, By a careful attention to such exercises as are fitted to bring the learner's knowledge into practice.

    Of the whole method of parsing, it should be understood, that it is to
    be a critical exercise in utterance, as well as an evidence of previous study

    Again these sentences are taken from the Grammar of English Grammars.

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 02-Jul-2010 at 08:54. Reason: one sentence added.

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