English Grammar [Count nouns vs noncount nouns] Learn English with Teacher Soun Ley



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COUNT NOUNS VS. NON-COUNT NOUNS

1. Count nouns can be counted as one or more.
pen, computer, bottle, spoon, desk, cup, television, chair, shoe, finger, flower, camera, stick, balloon, book, table, comb, etc.
 Take an s to form the plural.
pens, computers, bottles, spoons, desks, cups, televisions, chairs, shoes, fingers, flowers, cameras, sticks, balloons, books, tables, combs, etc.
 Work with expressions such as (a few, few, many, some, every, each, these, and the number of).
a few pens, a few computers, many bottles, some spoons, every desk, each cup, these televisions, the number of chairs, a few shoes, a few fingers, many flowers, some cameras, every stick, each balloon, these books, the number of tables, many combs, etc.

 Work with appropriate articles (a, an, or the).
a pen, the computer, a bottle, the spoon, a desk, the cup, a television, the chair, a shoe, the finger, a flower, the camera, a stick, the balloon, a book, the table, a comb, etc.
 Do NOT work with much (for example, you would never say much pens or much computers).

2. Non-count nouns cannot be counted. They usually express a group or a type.
water, wood, ice, air, oxygen, English, Spanish, traffic, furniture, milk, wine, sugar, rice, meat, flour, soccer, sunshine, etc.
 Generally cannot be pluralized.

 Work both with and without an article (a, an, or the), depending on the context of the sentence.
 Sugar is sweet.
 The sunshine is beautiful.
 I drink milk.
 He eats rice.
 We watch soccer together.
 The wood is burning.

 Work with expressions such as (some, any, enough, this, that, and much).

 We ate some rice and milk.
 I hope to see some sunshine today.
 This meat is good.
 She does not speak much Spanish.
 Do you see any traffic on the road?
 That wine is very old.

 Do NOT work with expressions such as (these, those, every, each, either, or neither).

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