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    #1

    few questions...

    Hi for teachers!


    May I ask you a question? I can't distinguish what's the difference between countable 'debate' and unaccountable 'debate'.
    For example, in this sentence,

    Whether or not animals should be used for drug tests is a topic of highly emotional debate.

    Above, 'debate' is unaccountable. How can I understand it?
    And also 'or not' can go to the end of the following sentence, right? after drug tests.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: few questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by son5018 View Post
    Hi for teachers!


    May I ask you a question? I can't distinguish what's the difference between countable 'debate' and unaccountable 'debate'.
    For example, in this sentence,

    Whether or not animals should be used for drug tests is a topic of highly emotional debate.

    Above, 'debate' is unaccountable. How can I understand it?
    Whether or not animals should be used for drug tests is a topic of highly emotional discussion.
    Do you understand that one. 'Debate' is used the same as 'discussion'.


    And also 'or not' can go to the end of the following sentence, right? after drug tests.
    Yes, you can put it at the end of the phrase.
    Thanks a lot!
    Also, you might like to consider choosing more descriptive titles for your topics, like "debate/s" for this one. They are easier to follow up.
    Don't write "question", or "help me", etc. Thanks.

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