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


Meaning: the ability to understand and think about complex ideas
Example sentence: Her high intelligence allowed her to understand advanced mathematics at a very young age.


Meaning: a particular type or class of intelligence
Example sentence: Many educators explored the idea of multiple intelligences in the early 21st century.

Note: "Intelligence" can also mean secret information about a government or a company. This meaning in uncountable.

Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "intelligence" uncountable?
  1. In Gardner's theory, seven different intelligences are described in detail.
  2. Gardner's critics say there's no evidence to support his ideas on intelligence.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable/Uncountable Gapfill Games
Countable/Uncountable Sorting Games

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