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    #1

    The word "engine"

    Is the word "engine" countable? For example, "My new car has a powerful engine."

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    Re: The word "engine"

    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The word "engine"

    Why do you think it might be uncountable?

    Wouldn't two new cars have two engines?

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    Re: The word "engine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Why do you think it might be uncountable?

    Wouldn't two new cars have two engines?
    Thank you, Rover_KE for answering my questions. You never did before. Or perhaps I am wrong...

    Yes, ten cars would have ten engines but English loves exceptions.. so who knows?! I had better ask a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: The word "engine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Thank you, Rover_KE for answering my questions. You never did before. Or perhaps I am wrong.

    Yes, ten cars would have ten engines, but English loves exceptions, so who knows? I had better ask a native speaker.
    You just got answers from two native speakers.

    Why do you think engines might be an exception? Can you name another object that isn't countable? I can't think of one.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The word "engine"

    Look up any noun in a decent dictionary and it will tell you if it's countable, uncountable, or both.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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