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depression

The noun "depression" can be both countable and uncountable.


uncountable

Meaning: a feeling of great sadness that can require medical treatment to cure
Example sentence: John's depression became much worse after his wife left him.

countable

Meaning: a period of little economic activity when many people lose their jobs
Example sentence: There are many theories in economics about what causes depressions.


Note: A second countable meaning of "depression" is to do with the weather. In this context, a depression is a large mass of air at low pressure that can cause cold weather and rain.


Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "depression" countable?
  1. During the last economic depression, Diana lost her job.
  2. Her doctor prescribed some medicine for her depression.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable/Uncountable Gapfill Games
Countable/Uncountable Sorting Games

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