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Are countable or uncountable noums:

advert
advice
sun
tennis

Why?

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advert - countable
advice - uncountable
sun - countable
tennis - uncountable

Adverts are easy to count- open a newspaper and doit. Advertising, however, is not. There is onlyone sun,but there could be more,so it is countable. Tennis, like most sports is uncountable- you can count the games. Advice is uncountable in English, though can be plural in many languages, so it's hard to give a reason for this one. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
advert - countable
advice - uncountable
sun - countable
tennis - uncountable

Adverts are easy to count- open a newspaper and doit. Advertising, however, is not. There is onlyone sun,but there could be more,so it is countable. Tennis, like most sports is uncountable- you can count the games. Advice is uncountable in English, though can be plural in many languages, so it's hard to give a reason for this one. ;-)

When advice is used for "communicated information", it can be plural in English. This is very rare, however. :wink:
 

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The is an example of 'information' used in the plural in Gulliver's Travels, but that is the only one I have found.;-)
 

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tdol said:
The is an example of 'information' used in the plural in Gulliver's Travels, but that is the only one I have found.;-)

My unabridged Webster's lists a plural for "information", but no examples. :?
 
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