the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English


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

power → uncountable

Meaning: the ability to control people, places or things

Example sentence: The President promised to use his power to introduce the new laws.

power → countable

Meaning: a country with a lot of political, economic or military power

Example sentence: At the start of this century, Russia and the United States were still major powers.

Note: "Power" can also mean physical force or energy, like electricity. This meaning is uncountable.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "power" uncountable?

a. In future, Indonesia will develop into a significant economic power.

b. In future, Indonesia's economic power will develop significantly.

This entry is in the following categories:

Contributor: Matt Errey