Why can we not use a ''It's difficult to find a cheap accommodation.''?

What is the rule.

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  • 1 month ago
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    "accommodation" is a non-count noun, so it doesn't take the article "a". 

    "Apartment" is a count noun- "It's difficult to find a cheap apartment." 

    It's similar to "It's difficult to find cheap furniture" versus "It's difficult to find a cheap sofa."

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  • Mamie
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    1 month ago

    It's perfectly correct.  There's no reason not to use it.  Accommodation can be a non-count noun, but it can also be a 'countable' noun.  Here's an example:  Two accommodations are available for the night of July 15.

    In this sense, 'accommodation' is more or less synonymous with 'hotel room' or 'motel room.'

    However, it's also correct to say "It's difficult to find cheap accommodations."  And that's just the way the English language works sometimes.

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    • Mamie
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      1 month agoReport

      @RandyBumgardner:  So would you please explain the meaning of 'two accommodations.'  You are considering the word 'accommodation' too narrowly. 

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Being unaware of any such rule, I question its existence because the use of such a statement, if true, seems fine.

    • You are wrong. Accommodation is a non count noun.

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  • 1 month ago

    The sentence in quotes is grammatically correct.

    • You are wrong.  Accommodation is a non count noun.

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