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    some help, please

    Hello everybody

    When is the word ''disinfectant'' countable and when it is uncountable?
    I need examples, please

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    Re: some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    Hello everybody

    When is the word ''disinfectant'' countable and when it is uncountable?
    I need examples, please
    Generally, it's uncountable (like many liquids).

    I have a lot of disinfectant.
    Do you have any disinfectant?

    Once contained, it becomes countable.

    I have three bottles of disinfectant.
    She has twelve litres of disinfectant.

    The only way I can think of making it countable on its own would be, for example:

    The supermarket sells five different disinfectants.

    However, even then, it means "types/brands of disinfectant".

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    #3

    Re: some help, please

    Well put, ems.

    I was struggling to say the same thing.

    Rover

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    Re: some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Generally, it's uncountable (like many liquids).

    I have a lot of disinfectant.
    Do you have any disinfectant?

    Once contained, it becomes countable.

    I have three bottles of disinfectant.
    She has twelve litres of disinfectant.

    The only way I can think of making it countable on its own would be, for example:

    The supermarket sells five different disinfectants.

    However, even then, it means "types/brands of disinfectant".
    Thank you, but can l ask you how to specify whether the word is countable or not if it is countable and uncountable at the same time

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    Re: some help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Well put, ems.

    I was struggling to say the same thing.

    Rover

    Thank you

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