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


Meaning: lack of success in doing something
Example sentence: After many years of failure, our football team won the championship at last.


Meaning: a person or thing that is not successful
Example sentence: The bank robbery was a complete failure, and all the thieves were arrested.

Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "failure" uncountable?
  1. Most people in business say they learned more from failure than from success.
  2. Most people in business experience a number of failures before finding success.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable/Uncountable Gapfill Games
Countable/Uncountable Sorting Games

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