take a rest a few times or take a few rests

I have made up two examples below.

(1) Along the way home, I took a few rests because I was tired.

(2) Along the way home, I took a rest a few times because I was tired.

Which one is correct? Please help me. Thanks a lot.

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Hi, Ansonman,

Although "rest" is defined as countable and uncountable, its countable variant is largely restricted to the use of the article "a."  We don't usually come across the plural "rests." Instead, we prefer "some periods of rest."

More specific measures of time can also be used, in which case the genitive can be used:

- three hours(') rest

- two weeks(') rest

- five minutes(') rest

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