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    countable and uncountable diseases

    Would you please tell me how can I distinguish countable and uncountable diseases?
    Is there any help or hint in there? Or at least for some of them?
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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

    The dictionary will tell you the answer, see the examples below.
    asthma - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    cold - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

    I think it's a question of using a dictionary when unsure, I'm afraid. I can't see much reason for having a cold but having flu or the flu, much less frostbite or chilblains. Most are uncountable, though.

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

    Cancer is countable. For example, the pathetic man has three different cancers simultaneously.

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

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    Cancer is countable. For example, the pathetic man has three different cancers simultaneously.

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    "pathetic" is a bad choice of word there.

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

    What word should be used instead?

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

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    What word should be used instead?
    No adjective is really necessary but "poor" would be more natural if you want to use one.

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    Re: countable and uncountable diseases

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Cancer is countable. For example, the pathetic man has three different cancers simultaneously.
    It can be uncountable- many nouns can be both. If you say He has liver cancer, it's uncountable.

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