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 are the ones which can be counted in numbers. For example-: one pen, five pens etc.

  1. Countable nouns can be singular or plural.
  2. The use of indefinite article a/an is allowed with the countable nouns.
  3. When the countable noun is singular, it is accompanied with words like a/an/the/my/this. For example-:
    1. This is an orange.
    2. I want a pen.

    You cannot say I don’t want pen!!

  4. When the countable noun is plural, we can use it alone.For example-:
    1. I love oranges.
    2. Pens are easier to write with.
  5. We can use some and many with the countable nouns.For example-:

    1. I have got some euros.
    2. Have you got any pencils?
  6. We can use a few and many with countable nouns. For example-:
    1. I have got a few pens.
    2. I haven’t got many cars.

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 are the ones which cannot be counted in numbers. For example-: information. There cannot be one information or many informations.

  1. Uncountable nouns are treated as singular.
  2. 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-:

  1. some. For example-:You need to have some fresh air.
  2. any. For example-: I am listening to some kind of music.
  3. a little For example-: Add a little water to it.
  4. much For example-: I didn’t heard much of what they were saying.
  5. No. For example-: I had no tea for them.
  6. 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-:

Countable And Uncountable Nouns

Countable And Uncountable Nouns

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