Countable and Uncountable Nouns in a List

Since “information” is an uncountable-noun and “references” is a countable noun, which sentence is correct? Please let me know if any additional information or references are needed. Please let me know if any additional information or references is needed. Answer Ibrahim, and welcome to ELU. First of all, you are right in your distinction between … Read more

Why do U.S. Americans say “a good value” (using indefinite article “a”)

Take this example from the Airbnb website: “What would have made this listing a better value?” This souds absolutely horrible and incorrect to my Australian ears (I would omit the “a”). I’ve also noticed this quite frequently watching Youtube videos with presenters from USA and Canada. In the only related question I found, respondees (presumably … Read more

Why is “a” used before “smoke” in this sentence?

I only have half an hour-barely time for a smoke and a cup of tea. Smoke is uncountable so why is there an article used? Answer In this case, “a smoke” is a cigarette. “Have a smoke” means go out and have a cigarette. 6a(1) : something (such as a cigarette) to smoke You … Read more

Since ‘few’ is used for countable nouns and ‘less’ is for uncountable nouns

Since ‘few’ is used for countable things and ‘Less’ is for uncountable things then why do we say; I have less than 2 days/months/years. ? Yes, time is an uncountable concept but we sure can count days, years, and months… Answer The phrase two days as in “two days left” can refer to a block … Read more

Why is it correct to say “fewer calories” when calories are continuous?

This question, "Discrete Units of a Continuous Quantity", asks whether units of a continuous quantity should be spoken of as discrete or continuous. The top answer states The rule is simple, and you obviously know it: discrete quantities require the use of "fewer" and continuous quantities require the use of "less". Calorie, as a unit, … Read more

Question on “work” follows with a verb

I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following sentence: both work rely on this technique Or both work relies on this technique. While the first one seems more grammarly correct, I do see some usages of the second case. Could any shed some lights on this? Thanks. Answer It appears to be a … Read more

Nouns that can be both count and noncount nouns

I would like to ask how people who are familiar with English interpret these sentences regarding the nouns that can be both count and noncount nouns. (1) I have to make more cake/cakes to offer a wide variety of bakery products for my own business. (2) France is famously known for having more cheese/cheeses than … Read more

“war is” and “there are wars”

War is horrific. But there are wars happening in places in the world right now. Did I make any mistakes? Thanks for your help. Answer War is a horrible thing. And yet there are places in the world where war is in full swing as we speak. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : Quy … Read more

Determiner all + uncountable noun – which of the following sentences is correct?

All water has been filtered. or All water have been filtered. ? I’ve already searched about this especially in youtube. From what I learned, if it’s an uncountable noun after determiner all, it will be treated as singular therefore has should be used. I just need a confirmation that’s why I posted a question here. … Read more