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    "gusto" and "rapture"

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask about the nouns "gusto" and "rapture".
    Dictionaries say they are uncountable (but they can be used as plurals, i.e. gustos and raptures). But I found the following sentence in an English book written by an American author.

    He ate with a gusto, almost a rapture, which did not seem to be altogether acting.

    It is correct to add "a" before gusto and rapture???

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    re: "gusto" and "rapture"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Hello,

    I'd like to ask about the nouns "gusto" and "rapture".
    Dictionaries say they are uncountable (but they can be used as plurals, i.e. gustos and raptures). But I found the following sentence in an English book written by an American author.

    He ate with a gusto, almost a rapture, which did not seem to be altogether acting.

    It is correct to add "a" before gusto and rapture???
    Yes, it is.
    Even with nouns that are truly uncountable, it is necessary to do this when you are adding a dependant clause that modifies that noun.
    "He was filled with a happiness that was unusual for him." - even though we generally don't talk about happinesses.
    You could take it to mean "a type, form, or quality of gusto, rapture, happiness ..."

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    re: "gusto" and "rapture"

    And you wouldn't say he ate with two gustos, almost two raptures.

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    re: "gusto" and "rapture"

    I see. Thank you, Raymott and Tdol.

    How about when I'm adding an adjective, not a dependant clause, that modifies that noun? For example, with (a) great gusto? Is this "a" unnecessary?

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    #5

    re: "gusto" and "rapture"

    I would say with great gusto normally.

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    #6

    re: "gusto" and "rapture"

    Thank you.

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