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

depression → uncountable

Meaning: a feeling of great sadness that can require medical treatment to cure

Example sentence: John's depression became much worse after his wife left him.

depression → countable

Meaning: a period of little economic activity when many people lose their jobs

Example sentence: There are many theories in economics about what causes depressions.

Note: A second countable meaning of "depression" is to do with the weather. In this context, a depression is a large mass of air at low pressure that can cause cold weather and rain.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "depression" countable?

a. During the last economic depression, Diana lost her job.

b. Her doctor prescribed some medicine for her depression.

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Contributor: Matt Errey