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intelligence

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

intelligence → uncountable

Meaning: the ability to understand and think about complex ideas

Example sentence: Her high intelligence allowed her to understand advanced mathematics at a very young age.

intelligence → countable

Meaning: a particular type or class of intelligence

Example sentence: Many educators explored the idea of multiple intelligences in the early 21st century.


Note: "Intelligence" can also mean secret information about a government or a company. This meaning in uncountable.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "intelligence" uncountable?

a. In Gardner's theory, seven different intelligences are described in detail.

b. Gardner's critics say there's no evidence to support his ideas on intelligence.

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Contributor: Matt Errey