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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:

In which sentence is the word "silence" countable?
  1. Long silences can make some people feel uncomfortable.
  2. Complete silence can make some people feel uncomfortable.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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