Countable or not?

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TortoiseWe know that uncountable nouns (words like happiness, or democracy) do not take an article (the or a). But one questioner found this sentence, which he wondered about:

 “He moved with a deliberate slowness to make the others wait for him.”
According to the Oxford dictionary, the word “slowness” is an uncountable noun. But there is an article before “deliberate slowness” in this sentence. Is it wrong? Thanks!

Although slowness is not countable, “a deliberate slowness” is a specific example of slowness, therefore the definite article is appropriate.

Hey, did you know that an article is actually an adjective. It’s called a “determiner”.

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