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Countable and Uncountable Nouns in the English Language

  Countable and uncountable nouns


A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or adjective; It can be countable or uncountable. Countable nouns have singular and plural forms while uncountable nouns can only be used in the singular.

In English grammar, words that refer to people, places, or things are called nouns.


Countable and uncountable nouns


Now you can use these words with both countable and uncountable nouns:


1. The

  • The doctor, The money.

2. Some

  • Some pen, Some time.

3- Any

  • Any meal, Any food.

4- No

  • No collageNo water.

5- A lot of

  • A lot of cups A lot of trouble.

6- Lots of

  • Lots of books Lots of equipment.

7- Enough

  • Enough pens Enough meat.

8- Plenty of

  • Plenty of questions Plenty of confidence.

What are the uncountable nouns?


Uncountable nouns are those that cannot be counted, such as oxygen, rice, juice, water...etc. Often it refers to the abstract (confidence, advice) or collective (equipment, baggage) expressions.

(Much, Little, A little bit of) is used with uncountable nouns.

Here are the examples:


1- Much

  • Much money, much time, much food, much water.


2- Little

  • Little trouble, little equipment, little meat. 


3-  A little bit of 

  • A little bit of confidence, A little bit of sleep, A little bit of snow.

What are the countable nouns?


Countable nouns are countable like chairs, books, apples...etc. They are words that can be sorted if they are singular or plural and often refer to things.

(A, Many, Few, A few) is used with countable nouns. 

Here are the examples:

1- A 

  • A doctor, a pen, a meal, a collage
2- Many
  • Many cups, many books, many pens.

3- Few

  • few questions, few tables, few apples.

4- A few 

  • A few questions, a few problems, a few issues.


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