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understanding

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


uncountable

Meaning: comprehension of the facts about something, or comprehension of someone's situation or feelings
Example sentence: Most rich people have little understanding of the problems poor people face.

countable

Meaning: an informal agreement
Example sentence: He agreed to the interview on the understanding that they wouldn't ask him about his family.


Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "understanding" countable?
  1. After coming to an understanding, we went into business.
  2. He explained his understanding of how business works.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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