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"disease" vs "diseases"

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:27 am
by tinagik
Hello! I was wondering if anyone could tell me which would be considered correct in part 2 of the CAE listening paper. I would think both, but I just wanted to verify. I would think "disease" would be used in a general sense, whereas "diseases" would be referring to many different kinds of diseases. Here are the sentences:

"It also increases the human body's ability to fight disease/infection". These are the correct answers according to my teacher's manual.

Couldn't this also be correct?
"It also increases the human body's ability to fight diseases/infections".

Thank you!

Kind regards, Tina

Re: "disease" vs "diseases"

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:33 pm
by Syl
Please have a look at the definitions on Oxford Dictionary site: http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries ... es#disease

The example given on that site,
"A fatty diet increases the risk of heart disease." is very appropriate and similar to the correct use regarding your question. Although the second possibility, using the word as a countable noun, is also acceptable. Let's say that both are correct, depending on the intention of whom is writing or saying the sentence.

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