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    Countable / Uncountable

    Are countable or uncountable noums:

    advert
    advice
    sun
    tennis

    Why?

    Thanks, Helena.

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    advert - countable
    advice - uncountable
    sun - countable
    tennis - uncountable

    Adverts are easy to count- open a newspaper and doit. Advertising, however, is not. There is onlyone sun,but there could be more,so it is countable. Tennis, like most sports is uncountable- you can count the games. Advice is uncountable in English, though can be plural in many languages, so it's hard to give a reason for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    advert - countable
    advice - uncountable
    sun - countable
    tennis - uncountable

    Adverts are easy to count- open a newspaper and doit. Advertising, however, is not. There is onlyone sun,but there could be more,so it is countable. Tennis, like most sports is uncountable- you can count the games. Advice is uncountable in English, though can be plural in many languages, so it's hard to give a reason for this one.
    When advice is used for "communicated information", it can be plural in English. This is very rare, however. :wink:

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    The is an example of 'information' used in the plural in Gulliver's Travels, but that is the only one I have found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The is an example of 'information' used in the plural in Gulliver's Travels, but that is the only one I have found.
    My unabridged Webster's lists a plural for "information", but no examples. :?

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