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Postby pdh0224 » Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:36 am

Dear teacher,

He starred in more than a half-dozen HBO comedy specials and appeared on NBC's "Tonight Show" more than 70 times. In movie roles he sometimes found himself cast against type. He was a nouveau-riche boor who tries to buy a country club in "Caddyshack" (1980) and a wealthy businessman who matriculates at his son's college in "Back to School" (1986). In a rare dramatic appearance, he played a belligerent, abusive father in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" (1994).

Q : The part "(being) cast against type" is odd to me because "type" mean particular interests or qualities of his own and is a countable noun. Why is it used as an uncountable noun?

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Postby Alan » Thu Oct 14, 2004 4:08 am

'Cast against type' is a fixed expression meaning 'given a role which differed considerably from his/her normal or typical role (or 'type')'.
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