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    • Join Date: Jun 2007
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    Ariticles with uncountable nouns

    Dear Teachers

    1) We've been having lovely weather
    2) We've been having a lovely weather
    3) They have a deep distrust of the authorities
    4) They have deep distrust of the authorities

    In the above four sentenses 1 & 3 are correct. (Articles with uncountable nouns - Online Language Quiz -

    "a lovely weather" is incorrect but "a deep distrust" is correct, but both "weather" and "distrust" are uncountable nouns.

    May I have an explanation please?

    Kind Regards

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    Re: Ariticles with uncountable nouns

    Distrust - like truth, hope,... - is an abstract noun.

    This link from UsingEnglish may help you (or confuse you even more, because abstract nouns can be countable or uncountable, depending on the function of the noun in each sentence - id est, subject, direct object, etc...):

    Abstract Nouns - Glossary Definition -

    What I can tell you is the following:

    - You can never say "a weather", but you can say "the weather".

    - You can use "distrust" with the articles "a" and "the" and without any article. Here are some examples:

    "Which features in the constitution reflect a distrust in democracy?"

    "Can I get over the distrust regarding my husband?"

    "Distrust of police is, after all, highly unsurprising in Police States."

    "Willingham explains his distrust of the media."

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