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Countable and uncountable nouns


Countable and uncountable nouns

You will learn about countable and uncountable nouns. but before you continue the lesson, look at the following chart and study the nouns.

Countable Uncountable
books
money
friends
meat
teachers
juice
tables
milk

Countable nouns (count nouns):

Countable nouns have a singular and a plural form. In plural, these nouns can be used with a number- they can be counted. (That's why they are called "countable nouns").

Example:

1 friend, 2 friends, 3 friends...
1 book, 2 books, 3 books...

Countable nouns take many.

Example:
100 friends – many friends

Uncountable nouns (uncount / non-count nouns):

Uncountable nouns can only be used in singular. These nouns cannot be used with a number- they can't be counted. (That's why they are called "uncountable nouns").

Examples:

I have a lot of money. (Not 1000 money)
You say I drink a lot of milk. (Not 5 milk)

Uncountable nouns take much.

Example:

 100 money – much money

Note: Of course you can count money, milk, meat; but then you would use the currency, liter, kilo, glass,...and say that you have got:

  • 5 euros or dollars... (but not 5 money).
  • 2 liters, pints, glasses... of milk (but not 2 milk)
  • 3 kilos... of meat (but not 3 meat)
  • 10 bottles of mineral water... (but not 10 mineral water)

Exercise on countable and uncountable noun.

Related material:

much, many and a lot
a little and a few

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