Relief 几种用法

"I am Li Bin and my question is the usage of relief. E.g. "It was a relief to be able to talk to someone about it". The problem is 'relief' is an uncountable noun, so why there is an 'a' before it?"

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The word 'relief' is uncountable, but it is also possible to use it as a countable noun. You may hear the expression "Oh what a relief!"

In this case, it is only used in the singular form: there is no plural version of it.

Here 'relief' refers to a feeling of comfort when something frightening or worrying is about to happen but then doesn't. Perhaps you thought you had a serious illness but then found out you didn't - what a relief!

The same thing happens with the normally uncountable nouns 'pity' and 'shame'.

What a pity!

What a shame!

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