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    more about 'time', is 'time' countable??

    { Time, in the sense of time of day, as in hours and minutes, is never countable. Do not be confused by something like: "at three separate times during the day". This refers to events, which happen to be measured by time of day (or not:dawn,noon and dusk for example) }

    Can anyone give some simple examples to justify the statements in brace above? I am sort of lost.

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    Re: more about 'time', is 'time' countable??

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    Can anyone give some simple examples to justify the statements in brace above?
    Sorry, I don't have the time.

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    Re: more about 'time', is 'time' countable??

    a. I don't have the time.
    b. I don't have time.

    1. What are the differences between a and b?

    c. Do you have the time?
    d. Do you have time?

    2. What are the differences between c and d?

    3. Is 'time' uncountable in all these usages?

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    Re: more about 'time', is 'time' countable??

    a. I don't have the time.
    b. I don't have time.

    1. What are the differences between a and b? #a could mean that you do not know what time it is now; it could equally mean that you are too busy. #b means you are too busy.

    c. Do you have the time? Can you tell me what time it is now?
    d. Do you have time? I need some help - do you have time[to spare] in order to help me?

    2. What are the differences between c and d?

    3. Is 'time' uncountable in all these usages? Yes

    time (MINUTES/DAYS/YEARS) noun [U] >>that part of existence which is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., or this process considered as a whole.
    time (PERIOD) noun [U] >> a particular period of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc. for which something has been happening, or which is needed for something, or which is available for something


    time (OCCASION) noun [C] >> an occasion or period, or the experience connected with it:They go swimming three or four times a week


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    Re: more about 'time', is 'time' countable??

    What about "In TIMES of Shakespeare" or in "Victorian TIMES"? Countable or uncountable? And the magazine "The TIMES".

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