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    "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Dictionaries list “increase” both as a countable noun and as an uncountable noun, but I can’t find an example sentence of “increase” being used as an uncountable noun. What I’m looking for is an example of “increase” without articles (“a”, “the”) or any helper words (such as “some” and “a great deal of”) before it.

    Let's take an example of another noun, “water”.

    1. Water is a transparent fluid. (In this sentence ,”water” is obviously being used as an uncountable noun, and it doesn’t have any articles or helper words before it.)
    2. “Two waters, please.” (at a restaurant) (In this sentence, “water” is being used as a countable noun.)


    I’ve asked many native speakers, but nobody can think of an example like Sentence 1 for “increase” (without articles or helper words).
    Can anybody think of one? Or, does “increase” always need a helper word before it when it’s used as an uncountable noun?

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    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    The current increase in world population will be a problem for future generations.

    This increase is significant.




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    #3

    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Increase in blood pressure may indicate greater risk of significant health problems.

    Increase in interest rates is always associated with tightening of credit.

    When demand is constant, increase in supply will lead to lower price.

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    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    The current increase in world population will be a problem for future generations.

    This increase is significant.

    --lotus
    Thank you, but your examples have "the". As I wrote in my first post, I'm looking for examples without it.

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    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Increase in blood pressure may indicate greater risk of significant health problems.

    Increase in interest rates is always associated with tightening of credit.

    When demand is constant, increase in supply will lead to lower price.
    Those are all singular, but I would not call them uncountable nouns. They can all be pluralized and they can all take an indefinite article.

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    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Those are all singular, but I would not call them uncountable nouns. They can all be pluralized and they can all take an indefinite article.
    Can you think of an example of "increase" without "the", "this", "no", "some", etc?

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    #7

    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    I can't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "increase" as an uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Those are all singular, but I would not call them uncountable nouns. They can all be pluralized and they can all take an indefinite article.
    I think they're being used uncountably, but a singular with the indefinite article could replace them all.

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