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This page is about the noun "usage", which can be both countable and uncountable

usage → uncountable

Meaning: the way that words are used in spoken or written language

Example sentence: There are many differences between British and American usage.

usage → countable

Meaning: a particular meaning or usage of a word

Example sentence: How many of those usages used to be found in British English?

Note: Another uncountable meaning of "usage" is how, or how much, something is used, as in "Internet usage has increased recently."

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "usage" uncountable?

a. The word "doth" was part of common usage in Shakespeare's time.

b. One usage of "doth" was similar to that of "does" in modern English.

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Contributor: Matt Errey