(a) very good time


— Have any trouble finding us?
— No problem at all. I made the trip in 3 1/2 hours.
— That's very good time.

The Shining, film

I wonder, why "time" is uncountable in this meaning here. Time meaning "period" here does feel countouble to me.
Thank you.
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    I think we often talk about travel time or speeds in that way, such as in reference to sports, like discussing a racer's or a runner's "time."

    While I don't have a lot of time, I can think of any number of instances in which "time" is uncountable. If you spend some time -- perhaps in no time -- you might recall others.
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