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    Smile Why is 'beard' a countable noun?

    Hello! The definition below is from Cambridge Dictionary Online.

    I am wondering why "beard" is a coutable noun. Could a man grow two beards? Thanks in advance!

    beard (HAIR)
    noun [C]
    1 the hair that some men allow to grow on the lower part of their face:
    a flowing white beard
    He's growing a beard.
    He shaved off his beard but kept his moustache.

    2 the long hair that grows under a goat's mouth
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    Re: Why is 'beard' an accountable noun?

    Could a man grow two beards?
    Two men can have two different beards i.e. it's countable.

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    Smile Re: Why is 'beard' an accountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Two men can have two different beards i.e. it's countable.

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    Thank you, Tedtmc.

    He's growing a beard


    Is it possible for a man who is growing two beards?

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    Re: Why is 'beard' an accountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Is it possible for a man who is growing two beards?
    In a way, yes. For example, Max grew a beard last year and then shaved it off, and this year he has grown another one. To date, Max has had; i.e., has grown two beards.


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    Joke: if he had one to many face lifts it might appear as if he had two beards.

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    Smile Re: Why is 'beard' an accountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In a way, yes. For example, Max grew a beard last year and then shaved it off, and this year he has grown another one. To date, Max has had; i.e., has grown two beards.


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    Joke: if he had one to many face lifts it might appear as if he had two beards.
    I see! Thank you a bunch!

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    Re: Why is 'beard' a countable noun?

    There was a time when it seemed de rigueur for navy officers to have beards. That tradition seems to have died. I bet rum is no longer the tipple, either.

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    Smile Re: Why is 'beard' a countable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    There was a time when it seemed de rigueur for navy officers to have beards. That tradition seems to have died. I bet rum is no longer the tipple, either.
    David L.,

    Thanks for the titbit.

    rum is no longer the tipple=?


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    Re: Why is 'beard' a countable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    David L.,

    Thanks for the titbit.

    rum is no longer the tipple=?
    Traditionally rum was issued daily to men serving aboard ship.It is no longer issued - see here: Rum in the Royal Navy

    A tipple is "alcoholic drink": "What''s your tipple?" "Oh, a rum and coke will do nicely, thanks."

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    Re: Why is 'beard' an accountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    For example, Max grew a beard last year and then shaved it off, and this year he has grown another one. To date, Max has had; i.e., has grown two beards.
    I think Max has grown the same beard twice.
    Friend from a year ago: I see you still have your beard.
    Max: Oh no. This is a completely different one!

    In fact any man who keeps his beard short will have grown and trimmed a completely new beard every few months.

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    Smile Re: Why is 'beard' a countable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Traditionally rum was issued daily to men serving aboard ship.It is no longer issued - see here: Rum in the Royal Navy

    A tipple is "alcoholic drink": "What''s your tipple?" "Oh, a rum and coke will do nicely, thanks."
    Glad to learn this! Thank you for your help, Anglika.

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