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    Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    It seems to me that we should an indefinite article there.

    Context:

    Interestingly, these ancient elements are often found in similar locations in the mouse and
    human genomes (as in this example, where an ARE is present between
    gene A and gene B in both human and mouse). Particularly interesting
    are examples where the ARE was truncated at a precise base pair at the
    time of insertion, losing part of its DNA sequence and all possibility of fu-
    ture function (as in the example between gene B and gene C). Finding a
    precisely truncated ARE in the same place in both human and mouse
    genomes is compelling evidence that this insertion event must have oc-
    curred in an ancestor that was common to both the human and the
    mouse.

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    It seems to me that we should an indefinite article there.

    Context:

    Interestingly, these ancient elements are often found in similar locations in the mouse and
    human genomes (as in this example, where an ARE is present between
    gene A and gene B in both human and mouse). Particularly interesting
    are examples where the ARE was truncated at a precise base pair at the
    time of insertion, losing part of its DNA sequence and all possibility of fu-
    ture function (as in the example between gene B and gene C). Finding a
    precisely truncated ARE in the same place in both human and mouse
    genomes is compelling evidence that this insertion event must have oc-
    curred in an ancestor that was common to both the human and the
    mouse.
    No, "evidence" is uncountable.

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "evidence" is uncountable.

    Then why we could have "evidences"?
    eg.
    Without any neurology evidences, he claimed that most of people only uses 15 % of their brain.

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Then why we could have "evidences"?
    eg.
    Without any neurology evidences, he claimed that most of people only uses 15 % of their brain.
    Where did you find that?

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where did you find that?
    19,720hits for "Without any evidences" in Google search.

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    19,720hits for "Without any evidences" in Google search.
    Google is not a good source for correct English. This is a good source: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...itish/evidence

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Some people are starting to use it in the plural, but for most people is uncountable.

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    19,720hits for "Without any evidences" in Google search.
    To put that in perspective, there are 22.1 million for "without any evidence"

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    #9

    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Just to add about google's search results, there are 305,000,000 hits for "waters".

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    Re: Why use "is compelling evidence" but not "is a compelling evidence"?

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Just to add about google's search results, there are 305,000,000 hits for "waters".
    This a discussion about evidence.

    Also, your search is meaningless because it has no context by which to measure it- search for water and see the difference. 90% of uses of the word you have introduced are not plural.

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