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    (a) trouble

    Hi,

    please could you explain to me usage of the noun "trouble"? Where is it countable and where uncountable?
    Could you please give me some examples?

    Thanks a lot.
    T.

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    P.S. Will you please point out to any mistake I have made in this message? Thank you.


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    Re: (a) trouble

    He has had many troubles in his life - his wife died young, his business failed, his house burned down, he developed a serious illness.

    He had trouble when his partner ran away with all the money from the till.

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    Re: (a) trouble

    Can I use indefinite article? Is it a mistake?
    I have a trouble with my car, so I can't arrive.


    or must be
    I have trouble with my car, so I can't arrive.

    Thank you.

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    Re: (a) trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Can I use indefinite article? Is it a mistake?
    I have a trouble with my car, so I can't arrive.


    or must be
    I have trouble with my car, so I can't arrive.

    Thank you.
    The noun trouble is used mainly as a non-count noun. When used as a count noun, it is normally plural in form:
    We're having trouble with our new computer.
    but
    Our troubles with our new computer are not over yet.

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    Re: (a) trouble

    "We're having a trouble with our new computer." is not correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    "We're having a trouble with our new computer." is not correct?
    Well, I couldn't say it is not correct, but it doesn't look or sound natural.

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    Re: (a) trouble

    Does this look better?
    "We're having some trouble with our new computer
    ."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Does this look better?
    "We're having some trouble with our new computer
    ."
    Yeah, that's perfect now.

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