Translation of mass noun in Spanish:

mass noun

nombre no numerable, n.

noun

Linguistics
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    nombre no numerable masculine
    sustantivo no numerable masculine
    • In the last chapter I largely overlooked the conceptual differences between count and mass nouns.
    • When used in a generic sense, only mass nouns and plural count nouns are able to occur without a determiner or quantifier: Water is colourless, Groceries are expensive, Dogs make good companions, * Dog makes a good companion.
    • At the same time, their language does have a distinction between count and mass nouns, so that there is the equivalent of the English difference between " { many / * much foreigners } " and " { * many/much manioc meal’.
    • For example, Mandarin's usage of mass nouns predisposes its discourse to take a more holistic approach to the world than say, English, which demarcates objects more readily.
    • And I also wonder what happens when you have a noun that doesn't need a determiner at all, for example mass nouns such as water, or plural nouns.
    • Beware of anyone who pluralizes ‘literature’, which is already a mass noun.