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why "surveys, offers, discounts, circumstances, approaches...." are countable nouns???!!!

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Started: 10/24/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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In fact This is rather a question than debates, Why " Surveys, circumstances, lies, approaches, procedures " are countable nouns??? Can it be tangible?? Or visible?? They are so abstract concept!!!! Then how could we -dare..- count them as "decisions"???? Let me know the reason! And show me the way to define it clearly!!!


Because you can count them.
How many surveys are there? Four. There are four surveys.

If you can ask how many, it's countable.
If you can ask how much, it's not countable.

How many money?
I think not.
How *much* money. That's correct.

How abstract a noun is, is irrelevant.
Debate Round No. 1


How abstract a word is,is relevant....ok then,

but How can we count 'nap'?

ex) Take a nap.

Can we count 'nap' like "one nap or two naps.."?

Or Is it just exception?


Just because it doesn't make sense to take two naps, it's still possible.
You could wake up, take a nap, then go back to bed for one more nap.

Naps are countable too.

A general rule is that if you can make it plural, it's a countable noun. Keep in mind that that's not always true, though.
Debate Round No. 2


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Just message meif you have any questions.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by rross 2 years ago

Yeah, it's kind of complicated, sorry. But abstract nouns can be countable or uncountable depending on the context.
Posted by RoyLatham 2 years ago
Not a debate, so move the question to the Forums.

There is no requirement that nouns represent tangible objects, so there is no problem.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro correctly explains that countable nouns are countable - and that in general if you can make a noun singular and plural then it is countable.