Countable and Uncountable Nouns for intermediate learners

It's important to know if a noun is countable or uncountable. This is going to help us to use the correct article. Let's learn more.

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Diffrence between "Countable and Uncountable Nouns" in English Grammar

What Are Countable and Uncountable Nouns?

In English, nouns are often classified into two groups based on whether they can be counted or not.

  • Countable Nouns
  • Uncountable Nouns

Countable Nouns

In English, the majority of nouns are countable, meaning they can be quantified. By adding the suffix '-s', it is easy to create the plural form of these nouns, allowing them to refer to more than one object.

I found one apple in the fridge.

Jonathan can watch five movies in a day.

Uncountable Nouns

There are certain nouns that cannot be counted and therefore do not change form in the same way that countable nouns do. Let's examine some of them

  • Languages: The names of different languages are uncountable.

Don't you like to learn French?

She speaks Farsi.

  • Sports: The names of sports are also uncountable.

Harry played football last night.

The children can choose to play volleyball or baseball here.

( Not Volleyballs or baseballs..)

  • Subjects and Fields: Most subjects and fields such as music, literature, poetry, physics, mathematics, etc. cannot be counted.

She hates to do her mathematics homework.

Does she listen to metal music?

  • Some materials like tea, rice, water, sugar, salt, etc. cannot be counted.

Can you give me some water, please?

You are not allowed to have any sugar in your lunch.

  • Feelings are also uncountable nouns.

Can you define happiness for me?

(Not Can you define hapinesses...)

She cannot hide her sadness.

(Not she cannot hide her sadnesses...)

Warning!

It is important to remember that we can use both definite and indefinite article before countable nouns. However, with uncountable nouns, articles cannot be used.

There is a glass of wine on the desk.

( Not there is a wine ...)

She always has a cigarette with her.

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