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musicgold

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Hi,

I read the following sentence in a book. I don't understand the construction of the red part. I feel it should be 'lost the count of times'.
Please advise.

I have lost count of the times a student has explained why something that does not make sense really does make sense , if only I would read the 74 pages of information he has on the subject.

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MG.
 

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It means:

I have lost count (of the number of times when a) student has explained why something that does not make sense really does make sense , if only I would read the 74 pages of information he has on the subject.
 

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Thanks.

But, why there is no article for 'count'?
 

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We take count of the books needed for the students. (idomtic verb)

You can take a count of the books that we need. (noun)


We lost count of the girls after the party. (idiomatic verb)

We lost an accurate count of the participants in the race. (noun)

It's all about HOW it is used in the sentence!! :lol:
 
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