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In French there is no notion as strong as the English uncountable nature of certain things. If you can think about a way to count something, you can speak about it as a countable. For example, you can separate information in pieces of information, and it makes it countable: in French you say "une information" for "a piece of information". Same goes for ...


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Anne has a nice, elaborate description, but these type of classifications (count vs. noncount, but also genders, alienable vs. inalienable possession, regular vs. irregular, count words, deponency etc.) really come down, ultimately, to arbitrariness. Yes, there may be historical factors (although this just pushes the question to the parent languages), but ...



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