Countable And Uncountable Nouns
The most common mistakes made my students in IELTS are in countable and uncountable nouns. So, for today let’s understand what countable and uncountable nouns are.
- COUNTABLE NOUNS
Countable nouns are the ones which can be counted in numbers. For example-: one pen, five pens etc.
- Countable nouns can be singular or plural.
- The use of indefinite article a/an is allowed with the countable nouns.
- When the countable noun is singular, it is accompanied with words like a/an/the/my/this. For example-:
- This is an orange.
- I want a pen.
You cannot say I don’t want pen!!
- When the countable noun is plural, we can use it alone.For example-:
- I love oranges.
- Pens are easier to write with.
We can use some and many with the countable nouns.For example-:
- I have got some euros.
- Have you got any pencils?
- We can use a few and many with countable nouns. For example-:
- I have got a few pens.
- I haven’t got many cars.
TIP FOR THE COUNTABLE NOUNS-: PEOPLE is a countable noun. PEOPLE is actually the plural of person. So, we can count it. For example-: there are three people in the room.
- UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
Uncountable nouns are the ones which cannot be counted in numbers. For example-: information. There cannot be one information or many informations.
- Uncountable nouns are treated as singular.
- We cannot use articles with uncountable nouns.
For eg. There cannot be an information or a news.
We can use the following withthe uncountable nouns-:
- some. For example-:You need to have some fresh air.
- any. For example-: I am listening to some kind of music.
- a little For example-: Add a little water to it.
- much For example-: I didn’t heard much of what they were saying.
- No. For example-: I had no tea for them.
- Plenty of For example-: They must have had plenty of patience to deal with him.
TIP FOR UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS: Uncountable nouns are also known as “mass nouns”. For example-:
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