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

understanding → uncountable

Meaning: comprehension of the facts about something, or comprehension of someone's situation or feelings

Example sentence: Most rich people have little understanding of the problems poor people face.

understanding → countable

Meaning: an informal agreement

Example sentence: He agreed to the interview on the understanding that they wouldn't ask him about his family.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "understanding" countable?

a. After coming to an understanding, we went into business.

b. He explained his understanding of how business works.

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Contributor: Matt Errey