Count and Non-Count Nouns

COUNT AND NON-COUNT NOUNS

 

A count noun is something we can count. It has a singular form and a plural form.

ex: one book, three books; a leg, two legs; an apple, six apples;

N.B. A singular count noun must have a Determiner .

 

A non-count noun is something we donít count. It has no plural form.

We use quantifiers before non-count nouns:

ex: fruit, some fruit; bread, a slice of bread; homework; a lot of homework; information, a little information

 

The following are non-count nouns:

 

Abstract nouns:

advice

art

beauty

confidence

courage

crime

education

enjoyment

experience

fun

grammar

happiness

education

hate

 

 

health

help

homework

honesty

hospitality

importance

information

intelligence

justice

knowledge

laughter

life

love

luck

 

music

news

noise

nutrition

patience

patience

pride

progress

slang

time

truth

unemployment

vocabulary

work

 

 

Groups with individual parts

 

cash

change

clothing

equipment

food

fruit

furniture

garbage

 

hardware

homework

jewelry

junk

junk

luggage

machinery

mail

makeup

money

news

postage

research

scenery

slang

traffic

 

Things with no definite form:

 

Liquids

beer

blood

coffee

cream

gasoline

honey

juice

milk

oil

shampoo

soup

tea

water

wine

 

Gases

air

carbon monoxide

fire

fog

hydrogen

oxygen

pollution

smoke

steam

Solids

butter

cheese

cotton

film

flour

glass

ice

ice cream

meat

powder

salt

soap

sugar

toothpaste

wood

wool

 

Things that have tiny parts too small to count

 

corn

dirt

dust

 

grass

hair

rice

salt

sugar

wheat

 

Natural phenomena

 

darkness

dew

electricity

fire

fog

gravity

 

heat

humidity

light

lightning

rain

snow

sunshine

thunder

weather

wind

 

 

Ailments

 

cancer

cholera

flu

 

heart disease

malaria

polio

smallpox

strep throat

 

 

Academic subjects

 

art

biology

chemistry

economics

engineering

 

history

linguistics

literature

mathematics

music

physics

poetry

psychology

science

 

Languages

 

Russian, Spanish, French, etc.

 

Words that can be count and non-count

 

Food (non-count)

chicken

lamb

liver

fish

Animal or animal part (count)

a chicken

a lamb

a liver

a fish

non-count

wine

food

fruit

meat

education

experience

count (means "a kind of ___")

a wine, wines

a food, foods

a fruit, fruits

a meat, meats

an education

an experience

non-count

glass (the material)

 

paper (the material)

 

iron (the metal)

fire (the gas)

 

time (an abstract idea)

count

a glass (something to put liquid in)

a paper (a report or newspaper)

an iron (for pressing clothes)

a fire (one specific occurrence of fire)

a time, times (a specific occurrence or period)

 

  

Determiners:

  

 Articles:

 

a/an (indefinite)

the (definite)

 

Demonstratives:

this

that

these

those

Possessives:

 

my

our

yours

their

her

his

its

 

Quantifiers:

 

some

a few

lots of

several

each

every

any

most

many

all

much

no



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