One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a noun) not countable.
- ‘To us they seem like non-count nouns for naming types of stuff.’
- ‘The Danish philologist Otto Jespersen expounded the concept of count and non-count nouns in an unpublished lecture to the Copenhagen Academy of Sciences in 1911.’
- ‘Lot here is not used in any literal sense; it's what's called a non-count number-transparent quantificational noun.’
- ‘Now, vanity is a non-count noun, only very rarely used in the plural.’
- ‘But of course, to enforce it you have to be able to distinguish count from non-count nouns.’
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