Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Countable nouns are for things we can count using numbers. They have a singular and a plural form.
There’s a man at the door.
I have some friends in New York.
Uncountable nouns are for the things that we cannot count with numbers. They may be the names for abstract ideas or qualities or for physical objects that are too small or too amorphous to be counted
There’s some milk in the fridge.
There isn’t any coffee.
Countable and Uncountable Nouns: Expressions of Quantity
When using countable or uncountable nouns, pay attention to articles and adjectives!
Some articles and adjectives can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. However, others can be used with only countable or only uncountable nouns.
Used with Countable Nouns Only
|a / an||I know a doctor|
|many||I have many friends|
|few||Few countries support death penalty|
|a few||I have a few problems|
Used with Countable Nouns Only
|much||I don’t have much time|
|little||I have little patience|
|a little bit of||Do you have a little bit of sugar|
Used With Countable and Uncountable Nouns
|The||Countable||I know the teachers|
|The||Uncountable||I bought the cheese|
|Some||Countable||I fixed some tables|
|Some||Uncountable||Do you have some money|
|Any||Countable||I don’t have any socks|
|Any||Uncountable||Do you have any advice?|
|No||Countable||I have no magazines|
|No||Uncountable||I have no money|
|Plenty of||Countable||She has plenty of houses|
|Plenty of||Countable||she has plenty of space|
|Enough||Countable||I have enough cars|
|Enough||Uncountable||I don’t have enough time|
|Lots of||Countable||I have lots of computers|
|Lots of||Uncountable||I have lots of money|
|A lot of||Countable||She has a lot of animals|
|A lot of||Uncountable||I had a lot of fun|
This is a list of the most common uncountable nouns in English
Uncountable Nouns Examples
- There is no more water in the pond.
- Please help yourself to some cheese.
- I don’t have enough money to buy presents for everybody
- I need to find information about Pulitzer Prize winners.
- You seem to have a high level of intelligence.
- Please take good care of your equipment.
- There is plenty of space for everyone in the car.
- Let’s get rid of the garbage.
Uncountable nouns can be paired with words expressing plural concept:
- I need at least seven pieces of wood for the fire
- I have to drink eight glasses of water each day
- A backhoe is an expensive piece of equipment
- She just ate eight slices of cheese
- My friend bought 80 bottles of water for all competitors
- My mother told me to buy seven bags of rice
- I need to buy a carton of milk for the rice pudding
- There is a jam of mermelade in the Kitchen
- There is a can of coke in the fridge
- I need a pair of scissors for the project
- Don’t forget to buy a bag of rice when you go shopping.
- Can I have one cup of coffee and two cups of tea.
- The police found some items of clothing scattered around the floor.
- Go to the supermarket and buy eight cans of tuna
- She wanted to give a piece of advice but I didn’t take it
- I need a truck that will take at least three pieces of furniture.
- You’d think a tablespoon of honey would be more than enough.
Quizzes: Countable and Uncountable Nouns
These are some quizzes and exercises that can help you understand countable and uncountable nouns
- Countable and Uncountable Nouns – English-Room.com
- Countable and Uncountable Nouns – LearnEnglish.De
- Countable and Uncountable Nouns – EcEnglish.com
You might there articles useful:
- Grammar Lessons: Indefinite Articles A and An
- Grammar Lessons: Quantifiers
- Grammar Lessons: Some and Any