Why "no way of ..."?

cheshire

Senior Member
Japanese
The Germans, with their much smaller Navy, had no way of defeating the blockade.
The noun "way" is countable, right? Why is it used as singular? We usually say "I have no books." if the noun "book" is countable. What's the difference?
 
  • Siberia

    Senior Member
    UK-Wales - English
    Here "way" refers to "manner" or "habitual mode/fashion" which is generally used in its singular case.
     
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