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    Older men are making a comeback.

    Hi,

    My understanding is we don't use article ( a ) front of uncountable nouns . Today in the newspaper I have seen the sentence below

    "Older men are making a comeback"


    How come "a" used front of comeback. Comeback is not a countable noun ? clarify please

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    Re: Using article

    How come "a" is used in front of "comeback"? "Comeback" is not a countable noun, is it? Clarify please.
    Yes, it is countable.

    A number of retired singers have made several comebacks when they have needed another payday.

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    Re: Using article

    Thanks , How do I differentiate countable noun from uncountable ?

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    Re: Using article

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Thanks. How do I differentiate countable nouns from uncountable?
    Dictionaries (some, not all) and experience.

    Note my corrections above. Don't put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using article

    Thanks I have seen another example today on the newspaper.

    Sydney’s average population density is a relatively relaxed 390 people per sq kilometre.

    In the above sentence ,
    relatively and relaxed are not nouns. What is the rule in this example?


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    Re: Using article

    It's a 'population density of 390 per sq kilometre' that is considered to be relatively relaxed.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: Using article

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    How do I differentiate countable noun from uncountable ?
    Also, remember that the countable/uncountable distinction is not an absolute rule- many words can be used both countably and uncountably. Words that are normally, say, countable may appear in a specific context in the other form. The form shown in a dictionary is more of a tendency than anything- it just shows that this is the most common way a noun is used.

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    Re: Older men are making a comeback.

    Two things. Say:

    Today, in the newspaper, I SAW....

    If you can put a number in front of it it's countable. If you can't, it's not.

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    Re: Older men are making a comeback.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    If you can put a number in front of it it's countable. If you can't, it's not.
    The problem for many learners is that they don't know which words they can put a number in front of.

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    Re: Using article

    what is the grammar rule here ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    It's a 'population density of 390 per sq kilometre' that is considered to be relatively relaxed.

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