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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 9:29:38 AM
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The late Bruce Lee was a kungfu master. Raymond was a movie director. He was so impressed by Bruce Lee's kungfu skill that he got Bruce to act in kungfu movies directed by him.

Should it be "skills" instead? If so, what is the reason?

Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 10:18:58 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
The late Bruce Lee was a kungfu master. Raymond was a movie director. He was so impressed by Bruce Lee's kungfu skill that he got Bruce to act in kungfu movies directed by him.

Should it be "skills" instead? If so, what is the reason?

Thanks.

It seems to me that "skill" could be countable or uncountable. Lee's skill was kung fu. No doubt he developed skill with each maneuver he performed through constant practice, but each skill combined into one overall skill.

In the same way a painter may have a skill at painting. The skill is developed from learning individual skills of drawing, composition, color, brush strokes, etc.



We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
NKM
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 12:59:37 PM

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Either form would work well.

Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:08:15 AM
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Thanks, FounDit and NKM.
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