a seemingly countless number of

homotopy07

Senior Member
Japanese
Is it correct to say "a seemingly countless number of"?

The Japanese language is in stark contrast to the English language in many ways. It wouldn't be too much to say that English is a million miles away from Japanese. Nevertheless, little effort has been made to help Japanese learners of English surmount a seemingly countless number of obstacles arising from the differences between English and Japanese.
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  • Laurentiana

    Member
    English - Canada
    I’d use the definite article, since you’ve made a specific judgment about the number of obstacles. So, “the seemingly countless ...”
    Also, that sentence can end with “differences.” The rest is understood.
     

    homotopy07

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    I’d use the definite article, since you’ve made a specific judgment about the number of obstacles. So, “the seemingly countless ...”
    Thanks, Laurentiana. :)

    Actually, I had made up four versions before starting this thread:

    (1) ... a seemingly infinite number of ...
    (2) ... the seemingly infinite number of ...
    (3) ... a seemingly countless number of ...
    (4) ... the seemingly countless number of ...

    Does #2 work?

    "Seemingly endless" is a far more common combination, I think. Seemingly countless doesn't seem as natural.

    Here's an ngram:
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    Thanks, kentix. :)
     

    Laurentiana

    Member
    English - Canada
    Thanks, Laurentiana. :)

    Actually, I had made up four versions before starting this thread:

    (1) ... a seemingly infinite number of ...
    (2) ... the seemingly infinite number of ...
    (3) ... a seemingly countless number of ...
    (4) ... the seemingly countless number of ...

    Does #2 work?


    Thanks, kentix. :)
    Works for me!
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I think both endless and infinite sound noticeably better than countless in that sentence. (I'm not sure why that's the case.) I don't think there is a split.
     
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