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Study as an uncountable noun?

Can I use 'study' as an uncountable noun in the following contexts?

Most study supports the idea that ...

To explain this, study often focuses on...


  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited June 2019

    @SB_19, look at the example sentences from the dictionary linked to this web page

    1 [mass noun] The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books.
    ‘the study of English’
    ‘an application to continue full-time study’

    More example sentences

    ‘The effect of family changes on children's academic success is a new subject for study.’
    ‘The growth of Australian history as an area of academic study led to the establishment of a range of professional associations.’
    ‘Bill Danforth set out on a career based on study, teaching, and service in academic medicine.’
    ‘It involves academic study as well as a gruelling daily round of training and matches across the States.’
    ‘To prepare new nurses, we need teachers for formal study or for orientation and certification.’
    ‘Training takes three years during peace time, as academic study is included in the first two years, which are spent on the island Cruxia.’
    ‘The unintended consequences have already been the subject of much study in many books.’
    ‘If you qualify, your employer must give you time off for study or training during working hours.’
    ‘As he got older, he retreated from the public eye, spent his days in quiet solitary devotion and scholarly study.’
    ‘You would still have to do stuff like maths, even if that wasn't the area of study you were interested in.’
    ‘You will continue your grade level study at a local school and there won't be any trouble.’
    ‘To meet those challenges, scholars must be proficient in more than one area of study.’
    ‘The program is accredited and graduates can begin or continue study towards a college degree.’
    ‘Combining economics study with related areas in a business or commerce degree curriculum is also a good strategy.’
    ‘The point of in depth study is that one acquires skills, rather than knowledge, which are potentially applicable to a very wide range of jobs.’
    ‘Aureli is in her last year of study at a high school where she is specializing in marketing for tourism.’
    ‘This study focused on an entering cohort of students in their first semester of study.’
    ‘Group Awards can be completed during a year of full-time study or over a longer period of time.’
    ‘The curriculum can be completed in three years of full time study, including summers.’
    ‘If it's a midweek trip, inform the teacher and ask for a curriculum of study while away.’

    Most these have study with some words that qualify (how you study) or quantify (how much you study)

    • the study of ...
    • academic study
    • formal study
    • much study
    • scholarly study
    • grade level study
    • study towards a college degree
    • economics stiudy
    • in depth study
    • full-time study

    The others use study as an activity (what students do) sometimes contrasted with other activities such as _teaching, service, training _

    • a subject for study
    • study, teaching and services in academic medicine
    • study or training
    • the area of study you were interested in
    • more than one area of study
    • her last year of study
    • their first semester of study
    • a curriculum of study

    Your sentences are different.

    The first refers to the results of study. I would prefer
    Most studies support the idea that...

    The second may have the same meaning
    To explain this, studies often focuses on...

    If you mean an activity — the pursuit of scholarship — you need to rephrase
    For an explanation of this, the focus of study has often been...

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