Grammar Lessons: Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable nouns are for things we can count using numbers. They have a singular and a plural form.

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

Using Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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 / anI know a doctor
manyI have many friends
fewFew countries support death penalty
a fewI have a few problems

Used with Countable Nouns Only

muchI don’t have much time
littleI  have little patience
a little bit ofDo you have a little bit of sugar

Used With Countable and Uncountable Nouns

TheCountableI know the teachers
TheUncountableI bought the cheese
SomeCountableI fixed some tables
SomeUncountableDo you have some money
AnyCountableI don’t have any socks
AnyUncountableDo you have any advice?
NoCountableI have no magazines
NoUncountableI have no money
Plenty ofCountableShe has plenty of houses
Plenty ofCountableshe has plenty of space
EnoughCountableI have enough cars
EnoughUncountableI don’t have enough time
Lots ofCountableI have lots of computers
Lots ofUncountableI have lots of money
A lot ofCountableShe has a lot of animals
A lot ofUncountableI had a lot of fun

List of Uncountable Nouns

AdviceHelp Fun
PoetryMusic Art
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