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

trade → uncountable

Meaning: the buying and selling of goods and services

Example sentence: International trade is very important for a country's economic success.

trade → countable

Meaning: a type of skilled work, or a particular type of business

Example sentence: A lot of young people are learning a trade instead of studying at university.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "trade" uncountable?

a. Maria wants to study the history of trade.

b. Julio wants to learn a trade like plumbing.

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Contributor: Matt Errey