Student or Learner
Could the demonstrative determiners "this" and "that" be used with uncountable nouns of some process or activity? In the following sentences that refer to specific processes/activities:
1 This punishment is too harsh.
2 That misbehavior could get him in trouble.
3 This glorification of war is not healthy.
where "punishment", "misbehavior", "glorification" are, according to dictionaries, uncountable.
1) Whether you can use 'this' and 'that' with uncountables is obvious.
2) 'This' and 'that' do not indicate whether the noun is uncountable or not. 'Glorifications' is awkward, but 'punishments' and 'misbehaviours' are routine.
3) These words used countably require "these" or "those" instead of 'this' and 'that'.
Last edited by Raymott; 11-Oct-2013 at 12:42. Reason: typo