noise

Stop making (      . The students are studying. 

A. noise  B. noises  C. a noise

Which is correct? I am confused. I have asked about "noise" before, but I still don't know what rules my choice should be based on.

Thanks.

 

 

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Ruifeng,

"Noise" works as both a mass noun and a count noun.  The best answer is (A), where it is a mass noun, but it is also possible to use (B).  (C) doesn't work because it means "a single instance of noise", but if someone were making the same obnoxious sound for a prolonged duration, you could say:

D: Stop making that noise.

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