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    Recovery period countable vs uncountable?

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    I am confused with the sentence below. I believe "a" is not required front of recovery period as it is not countable. We don's say two , three , four recovery period. Clarify please

    "The very lack of a recovery period is dramatically holding back our collective ability to be resilient and successful"
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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    What makes you think "period" (with or without an adjective) is uncountable?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What makes you think "period" (with or without an adjective) is uncountable?
    Period is related to time which is not countable?

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    What makes you think 'time' is uncountable?

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What makes you think 'time' is uncountable?

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    Because we don't say one time , two time. so it is not countable

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    I think 'time' is countable in 'There are times when I hate him.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/when
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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Because we don't say one time , two time. so it is not countable
    A: "How many times have you seen her?"
    B: "Twice, I think; maybe three times."

    You are correct in saying that we don't say "two time" - we say 'twice' or 'two times'.

    "In this study, we measured the recovery periods of 25 patients."

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    we don't say one time
    'At one time she wanted to be a nurse, but the thought of working at night put her off.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/time_1
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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'At one time she wanted to be a nurse, but the thought of working at night put her off.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/time_1

    But please refer item number 5 in the link. it says period of time

    [singular, uncountable] a period of time during which something happens or someone does something:

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    Re: Countable vs uncountable

    'Time' in that sense is uncountable, but 'periods of time' is countable, as 'pieces of information' is countable although 'information' is uncountable.
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