Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable nouns are things that we can count.

For example: "door".

We can count doors, we can have one, two, three or more doors.

Here are some more countable nouns:

dog, cat, animal, man, person-bottle,

box, litre-table, chair, suitcase, bag

A noun can be countable or uncountable.

Countable nouns

Countable nouns can be "counted", they have a singular and plural form .
For example:
A book, two books, three books .....
An apple, two apples, three apples ....

Countable(use a/an or a number in front of countable nouns)

example: An Apple - 1 Apple / I eat an apple every day.

Add (s) to make a countable noun plural

examples: apples /I eat an apple every day. Apples are good for you.

You can use some and any with countable nouns.

-Some dogs can be dangerous.

-I don't use any computers at work.

You only use many and few with plural countable nouns.

-Many elephants have been hunted.

-There are few elephants in England.

You can use a lot of and no with plural countable nouns.

-No computers were bought last week.

-A lot of computers were reported broken the week before.

Uncountable nouns

Uncountable nouns cannot be counted. This means they have only a singular form. It also means that they do not take a/an before them.

For example:

Uncountable(there is no a/an or number with uncountable nouns)

example: Rice/I eat rice every day. (not I eat a rice every day.)

There is no plural form for an uncountable noun

example: rice/I eat rice every day. Rice is good for you.

To make uncountable nouns countable add a counting word, such as a unit of measurement, or the general word piece. We use the form "a ....... of ......."

example: Rice=a grain of rice/ Water=a glass of water/ Rain=a drop of rain/ Music=a piece of music

You can use some and any with uncountable nouns.

-I usually drink some wine with my meal.

-I don't usually drink any water with my wine.

You only use much and little with uncountable nouns.

-I don't usually drink much coffee.

-Little wine is undrinkable though.

You can use a lot of and no with uncountable nouns.

-A lot of wine is drunk in France.

-No wine is drunk in Iran.


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