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Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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I have two cute kittens! (kittens = baby cats)

Countable Nouns

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

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.

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