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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be



 
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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be #1 (permalink) Sat Sep 15, 2012 17:41 pm   1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be
 

Hi teachers,

I read the following sentence in a book.
1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here because "stress" is a noncount noun. Am I right?

2) put/lay/place justice. Do they all mean the same?

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Re: 1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used her #2 (permalink) Sat Sep 15, 2012 18:36 pm   Re: 1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used her
 

1. It's OK with "a". In fact, "stress" may be countable or uncountable. However, even some words that are normally considered uncountable, and which do not have plurals, can be used with "a" in contexts like this. I think this is especially true when abstract words are qualified by an adjective or descriptive clause: "a great happiness", "an importance that is only now being recognised", "a rare honesty".

2. They appear to mean roughly the same, but none of them are especially obvious or common collocations, and more context is needed to judge which, if any, sound natural.
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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be #3 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:22 am   1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be
 

He put great stress on justice.
He put a great stress on justice. What's the difference?

He puts great stress on justice.
He lays great stress on justice.
He places great stress on justice. Are these correct?
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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be #4 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:00 am   1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be
 

What's the difference? - nothing significant. It's the writer's choice whether he wishes to treat stress as an abstract uncountable noun or a single countable noun.

Are these correct? - yes.
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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be #5 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:45 am   1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be
 

Thank you very much.
As for #2, are they same in meaning?
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1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be #6 (permalink) Sun Sep 16, 2012 15:09 pm   1) He put a great stress on justice. I think "a" cannot be used here be
 

Yes, they have the same meaning.
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