# Recovery period — countable vs uncountable?

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#### english_learn

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Hi teacher,

I am confused with the sentence below. I believe "a" is not required front of recovery period as it is not countable. We don's say two , three , four recovery period. Clarify please

"The very lack of a recovery period is dramatically holding back our collective ability to be resilient and successful"

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#### emsr2d2

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

What makes you think "period" (with or without an adjective) is uncountable?

#### english_learn

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

What makes you think "period" (with or without an adjective) is uncountable?

Period is related to time which is not countable?

#### Rover_KE

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

What makes you think 'time' is uncountable?

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#### english_learn

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

What makes you think 'time' is uncountable?

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Because we don't say one time , two time. so it is not countable

#### Raymott

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Because we don't say one time , two time. so it is not countable
A: "How many times have you seen her?"
B: "Twice, I think; maybe three times."

You are correct in saying that we don't say "two time" - we say 'twice' or 'two times'.

"In this study, we measured the recovery periods of 25 patients."

#### english_learn

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

'At one time she wanted to be a nurse, but the thought of working at night put her off.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/time_1

But please refer item number 5 in the link. it says [h=2]period of time[/h] [singular, uncountable] a period of time during which something happens or someone does something:

#### Matthew Wai

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

'Time' in that sense is uncountable, but 'periods of time' is countable, as 'pieces of information' is countable although 'information' is uncountable.

#### GoesStation

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But please refer item number 5 in the link. it says [h=2]period of time[/h] [singular, uncountable] a period of time during which something happens or someone does something:

Many nouns have both countable and non-countable senses. Period is one of them.

#### english_learn

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

'Time' in that sense is uncountable, but 'periods of time' is countable, as 'pieces of information' is countable although 'information' is uncountable.

But look the item 5 in the provided link. It says period of time is uncountable

#### Matthew Wai

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Re: Countable vs uncountable

You have got it wrong. It means 'time' is uncountable when referring to a period of time.

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