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    Smile (an) intercession - uncountable noun?

    Hello!

    Cambridge Dictionary says 'intercession' is an uncountable noun. Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    But another dictionary of mine offers an example sentence as below.

    make an intercession to A for B
    I wonder why there is an 'an' before 'intercession'. Is the example wrong?

    Thank you!


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    Re: (an) intercession - uncountable noun?

    If you look, it is specifically definition #1 which is given as uncountable, and even then either a direct or indirect article can be used.

    As prayers or as general actions of intervention, intercession is both countable and uncountable.

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    Smile Re: (an) intercession - uncountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    If you look, it is specifically definition #1 which is given as uncountable, and even then either a direct or indirect article can be used.
    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer. I am still not clear. Could you please give me a hand again?

    Q1: a direct article = the ? ; indirect article = a or an?

    Q2: Are the following examples-A, B correct? I think a, b are correct and A,B are wrong.

    A: a news
    a: a piece of news

    B: a water
    b: a bottle of water


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    Re: (an) intercession - uncountable noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer. I am still not clear. Could you please give me a hand again?

    Q1: a direct article = the ? ; indirect article = a or an? Sorry - had a blank moment there - definite and indefinite article.

    Q2: Are the following examples-A, B correct? I think a, b are correct and A,B are wrong. The first A is wrong. However, you can say "a water", both as a poetic term for a body of water, or to identify a specific water, particularly one of the many different mineral waters available.

    A: a news
    a: a piece of news

    B: a water
    b: a bottle of water
    ..

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    Smile Re: (an) intercession - uncountable noun?

    Thank you very much for your help again.

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