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    #1

    mood: countable/uncountable?

    good day!


    is MOOD countable or uncountable?
    I checked from a dictionary and it's considered uncountable.
    why do we say...
    She's in a bad mood today...
    why do we use an article "a" if mood were uncountable?

    is it a fixed expression?


    thank you and more power!

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa*** View Post
    good day!
    is MOOD countable or uncountable?
    I checked from a dictionary and it's considered uncountable.
    why do we say...
    She's in a bad mood today...
    why do we use an article "a" if mood were uncountable?
    is it a fixed expression?
    thank you and more power!

    Hi Lisa!

    It's countable...but native speakers can tell you more about it.

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Hi Lisa
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    The word mood is countable.
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    For example, if you talk about a person's mood (i.e., state of mind):
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    John was in a foul on Monday morning, a reflective mood on Wednesday and a jovial mood on Friday.
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    That's three different moods. It's just that a person usually only has one mood at a time.
    .

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    mood is C, but regarding the use of the indefinite article, consider this:

    "It's a nice tea to taste"
    = (a kind of)

    "Can I have two teas please?"
    =(two cups of)

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Possible irrelevance:
    Quote Originally Posted by lisa*** View Post
    ...
    I checked from a dictionary and it's considered uncountable.
    ...
    Maybe the dictionary was dealing with grammatical mood. A lot of people writing about English grammar avoid mentioning this; but speakers of Romance languages will have met it.

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Possible irrelevance:


    Maybe the dictionary was dealing with grammatical mood. A lot of people writing about English grammar avoid mentioning this; but speakers of Romance languages will have met it.

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    Even that "mood" is countable. We have indicative and subjunctive moods.

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Even that "mood" is countable. We have indicative and subjunctive moods.
    I would say it could be both C and U:"Togalog has no concept of mood".

    (Incidentally, I know nothing of Togalog - perhaps someone would like to replace the example with something that's true.)

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    Re: mood: countable/uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I would say it could be both C and U:"Togalog has no concept of mood".

    (Incidentally, I know nothing of Togalog - perhaps someone would like to replace the example with something that's true.)

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    You're right; I should have said "can be countable".

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