The noun "silence" can be both countable and uncountable.
Meaning: total quiet, or no sound at all
Example sentence: The only time I've experienced total silence was when I was alone in the desert.
Meaning: a period of time when nobody's speaking
Example sentence: Whenever there's a long silence, I try to think of something to say.
Test your understanding:
- Long silences can make some people feel uncomfortable.
- Complete silence can make some people feel uncomfortable.