Countable nouns are things we can count – for example, cats:
- My brother has a cat.
- My sister has two cats.
- My friend has three cats.
Other examples of countable nouns:
- Things - book, table, computer, banana, shirt, television, pen, house.
- People - man, woman, child, friend, brother, sister, uncle, teacher, boss.
With countable nouns, you can use many, a few, some, or any:
- How many brothers do you have?
- I have a few books in my backpack.
- She bought some bananas at the store.
- Does he have any children?
Uncountable nouns are words that we can’t count, or can’t divide into separate parts:
- Ideas and concepts – love, fun, sadness, work, money, peace, safety
- Information – advice, information, news, knowledge
- Categories – music, furniture, equipment, jewelry, literature, meat
- Liquids and foods that can’t be counted – water, butter, rice, flour, milk
With uncountable nouns, you can use much, a little, some, or any:
- Our teacher gives us too much homework!
- Add a little butter to the recipe.
- We heard some great music on the radio this morning.
- He doesn’t have any furniture in his new house.
Don’t add -s to make uncountable nouns plural:
- I need some informations about the course.
- I need some information about the course.
You can use other words to help:
- She bought three bottles of wine and five boxes of rice.
- He gave me two pieces of advice: eat less and exercise more.
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
a lot of questions.
a little question.
A lot of person
A few boxes
a lot of problems
so many chair
lots of tea
a lot of works
four business trips
four business travels
much business trips
a few songs
a few violence
a lot of violence