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blood

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

blood → uncountable

Meaning: the red liquid inside our bodies

Example sentence: It was a deep cut, and there was a lot of blood.

blood → countable

Meaning: (old-fashioned) a rich man who likes to show off

Example sentence: Charles Dickens described young bloods courting the young women of London.


Note: In current American usage, the countable word is most commonly used as a slang term for an African-American male.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "blood" uncountable?

a. Sherlock Holmes was like any young blood when he was a student.

b. Sherlock Holmes found a drop of blood on the young man's shoe.

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Contributor: Matt Errey