Is illness a countable noun?

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The human body is susceptible to less illnesses, whether viral or bacterial, when it receives appropriate nutrition and regular exercise.

 

The human body is susceptible to fewer illnesses, whether viral or bacterial, when it receives appropriate nutrition and regular exercise.

 

Statement two is correct, but I did not understand why illnesses is a countable noun?

asked Sep 21 '13 at 15:31 Gaurav Walia New member

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I don't understand how you can't see that they are countable.

 

There are over 2,000 known viral diseases.  We quantify and qualify each disease as we come upon it.

 

Obviously, illnesses encompasses more infirmities than diseases, but, likewise, we quantify and qualify each illness that causes degradation of the human condition so as to combat it with science and technology.

 

When you exercise, the chance of these known/quantifiable illnesses (cancer, heart disease, etc) and infirmities racking your body is reduced.

 

Note that "whether viral or bacterial" makes it even more clear that you are talking about specific, quantified diseases.

link comment edited Sep 21 '13 at 15:46 Aaron Prejean Expert
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Oh yeah, thanks a lot. I am out of my mind. Thanks Aaron. :)

link comment answered Sep 21 '13 at 18:05 Gaurav Walia New member

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