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Incidence and incident

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By Mary Morel

Incidence means the rate of occurrence.

The incidence of the disease is increasing.

Incident is an event or action.

During an incident on the yacht race, a man fell overboard.

They can be used to express the same idea, but incidence cannot be made plural and incident can. Incidence is a noncount noun.

The incidence of diseases is increasing. There have been more incidents this year.

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