Monday, January 13, 2020

Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns

1. Countable nouns

Most of the nouns are countable. You can combine them with numbers, e.g one, two or three. Here is an example:
  • one pencil
  • two pencils
  • three pencils
  • four ...

2. Uncountable nouns

These nouns cannot be combined with numbers.
  • water
  • butter
  • coal
  • money
  • salt
  • iron 
If you want to express a quantity, you have to use a special phrase e.g. a glass of water.

Note:

Some nouns can be either countable or uncountable. We recommend to use a good dictionary to find out whether a noun is countable or uncountable or both.
Here is an example:
hair – hairs
  • You've got some hairs on your T-shirt. (There might be 5 or 6 of them.)
  • Your hair looks lovely. (Here you think of the hairstyle.)

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