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different chaos

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:03 am
by navi
Is this correct:

1) Look at all the different chaos your daily life is made up of. There's the chaos at work, the chaos of your relationship with your kids and then there's the chaos of the news.

My problem is that 'chaos' is a mass noun, and I am not sure that one could use 'different chaos' instead of 'different types of chaos', however, I think it works because we do say 'different food'.


Re: different chaos

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:06 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Food is not always treated as a mass noun, which is why it is possible to speak of "different foods".

When differentiating chaos, you have to specify it with {types / kinds / sorts} of chaos.

Re: different chaos

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:29 am
by Phil White
As Erik says, "food" can be countable in some circumstances. "Chaos" can never be countable (just ask Mandelbrot).

We can say things like "rice is staple food for many people" (countable with the the indefinite article).

Although the boundary between countable and non-countable is extremely fuzzy (and "food" is borderline - it is non-countable most of the time), "chaos" really is not a word that I would expect to be treated as a countable noun under normal circumstances. Your proposed sentence does not work for me.