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Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

(OP)
I am not a native English speaker and would like to ask a very simple question which puzzles me.

In a cover letter, I want to list my experience with this sentence like “my experience has been concentrated in a variety of xxxxxxx, ranging from the design & assessment of post-tensioned box girder to steel composite box girder bridge.”

Should “post tensioned box girder bridge” be considered as a countable noun? If so, do I have to add “s” to “box girder” as I did design more than 1 post tensioned box girder bridge?

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

If you can count it, it has "s".
Countable - 1 bridge 2 bridges 3 bridges.
Uncountable - rice - a little rice - much rice - a lot of rice.

For your letter you could say 2 / 3 /4 bridges or many bridges or a number of bridges.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

not knowing the material, is there an understood "bridge" ...

“my experience has been concentrated in a variety of xxxxxxx, ranging from the design & assessment of post-tensioned box girder bridge to steel composite box girder bridge.” ?

then maybe a simpler sentence would be ... “my experience has been concentrated on the design & assessment of a variety of bridge designs, ranging from post-tensioned box girder to steel composite box girder.”

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

In this case "bridge" is the noun and "post tensioned box girder" is a clause describing the type of bridge. So if you have more than one it would be bridges. It should also be "post-tensioned" since "post" is describing only the word tensioned and not any other word.

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

Mechanical, aerospace, chemical...the language of bridges is different. I take it that you have in some cases designed girders and in some cases bridges. If that is the case, in your sentence use "ranging from the design and assessment of post-tensioned box girders to steel composite box girder bridges."

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

Quote:

my experience has been concentrated in a variety of xxxxxxx, ranging from the design & assessment...

Use more active voice (first person "I"). Also eliminate extra phrases and get to the point.

"I have recent experience with design and assessment."


Use "and". Save the ampersand for texting and liquor labels.

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

My two cents:

"Concentrated over a variety" sounds like an oxymoron. Was your experience narrow or broad? Perhaps, "extends over a variety" or "concentrated in a few".
Also, what comes between the "design & assessment of post-tensioned box girder" and "steel composite box girder bridge"? My experience reading resumes is that when people say their experience ranges between two things, what they really mean is only those two things. Why else would they assume I know what comes between those two things?

I'm sorry I know this is off topic, but it just got me thinking.

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

(OP)
Drew08,

What I want to say is I did design & assessment of post tensioned bridges and design & assessment of steel box girder bridges. In my view, the post-tensioned bridge and steel composite box girders are two different things and need different knowledge in the design...

RE: Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

In which case, it would sound more honest to say that you "have experience of both those things". If you say "experience ranges between", as Draw08 says, it sounds like you are trying to claim a whole lot of other experience in between, in a way that seems transparently dishonest. A CV that sounds dishonest (even by accident) won't do good things for you.

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