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

soil → uncountable

Meaning: the top layer of earth in which plants can grow

Example sentence: If lots of leaves have decomposed in the soil, it'll be good for growing plants.

soil → countable

Meaning: a particular type or category of soil

Example sentence: Geology includes the study of different rocks and soils.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "soil" countable?

a. Are any of the soils in this area much good for growing potatoes?

b. Is much of the soil in this area any good for growing potatoes?

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Contributor: Matt Errey