Posted by Fred on February 14, 2004
In Reply to: Some 'discrete' (I mean 'separate') questions posted by sphinx on February 14, 2004
: 1.What is a 'discrete' and countable noun?
: 2.What does the title 'The Other' mean?
: 3.I am puzzled by the usage of "ever" as a prefix. Sometimes it means "forever", as in "eversafe", sometimes "regular", as in "eversporting", and sometimes "continual" as in "ever-increasing" and the following example:
: "She wanted to retreat, but was reluctantly drwan into a ever-widening net of lies and passion as the dark and secret life of his late husband unraveled."
: Is there any fixed rules? Or we must use guesswork when we meet a new word of this kind?
: 4."when" or "where", which one is right here:
: "I've reached a point where/when I can work this difficult problem out.
: I've reached a point where/when a change is needed."
: Thanks a lot!
'Children' is a *count noun*. It makes sense to ask how many children are on
the street, say, and then count them. In contrast 'water' is a *mass noun*.
It doesn't make sense to ask how many water are on the street.