Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable nouns are nouns that can be counted.
  Example: Book, Pen, rooms, fan etc.

  • We can use the indefinite article before it. 
  • Example:I own a car.
  • We can use the word 'many' to describe it. 
    Example:She has many friends.

  • We can express its quantity by using a number before it. 
    Example: I have five apples.

  • It takes on singular as well as plural forms. 
    Example:an orange / some oranges / fifty oranges

Uncountable nouns are amounts of something which we cannot count .Example: Rice, water, oil, sand etc.,

The noun is uncountable:

  • A or an is not normally used in front of it. 
    Example: He is eating some rice. (NOT: He is eating a rice.)  
      Rice is treated as not countable, so some(which can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns) is used with it.

Countable and Uncountable Nouns are used with the following:

Countable Noun

Uncountable Noun

a, an, a few, several, many,

a little, much, some, plenty of,

some, plenty of, a lot of,

a lot of, a large amount of,

a large number of

a great deal of

Summary

Countable nouns are nouns that can be counted.
  Example: Book, Pen, rooms, fan etc.

  • We can use the indefinite article before it. 
  • Example:I own a car.
  • We can use the word 'many' to describe it. 
    Example:She has many friends.

  • We can express its quantity by using a number before it. 
    Example: I have five apples.

  • It takes on singular as well as plural forms. 
    Example:an orange / some oranges / fifty oranges

Uncountable nouns are amounts of something which we cannot count .Example: Rice, water, oil, sand etc.,

The noun is uncountable:

  • A or an is not normally used in front of it. 
    Example: He is eating some rice. (NOT: He is eating a rice.)  
      Rice is treated as not countable, so some(which can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns) is used with it.

Countable and Uncountable Nouns are used with the following:

Countable Noun

Uncountable Noun

a, an, a few, several, many,

a little, much, some, plenty of,

some, plenty of, a lot of,

a lot of, a large amount of,

a large number of

a great deal of

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