COUNTABLE OR UNCOUNTABLE : MANSLAUGHTER
Is "MANSLAUGHTER" countable or uncountable??
It seems to follow the rules of an uncoutnable noun up to a certain point.
COMPARED with murder for example.
article:"HE COMMITTED A MURDER" compared to no article:"HE COMMITED MANSLAUGHTER"
BUT WITH THE MANY/MUCH RULES I AM DOUBTING !!
"There were many murders this year in the USA" compared to
"There was much manslaughter this year in the USA"
I know more natually we would use, there was a lot OR, we would use a phrase to make it countable e.g there were a lot of cases of manslaughter.
But can some one, brighter than I, guide me on this one! I'm preparting for a trial class tomorrow for a new job!! Thanks!
This is a good question, Joanna. I checked the definition in several online dictionaries, and none of them gave a plural form. I can't remember hearing it used as a plural, either. I would consider it an uncountable noun. Normal use would be 'cases of manslaughter'.
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