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perfectera

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I would like to ask about a word, failure.
Which is correct?

A system failure has occurred. (countable)
System failure has occurred. (uncountable)

Thanks for your help!
 

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I would use the first, though you could make a context where the second would work.
 

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I agree with 5jj, though "There has been a [complete] system failure" would be more natural.
 

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I agree with 5jj, though "There has been a [complete] system failure" would be more natural.
I admire your ability to read minds at a distance. ;-)
 
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I admire your ability to read minds at a distance. ;-)

You should see what I can do close up! :shock:
 
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