Countable and uncountable nouns 

Countable nouns:

  • Usually nouns have singular and plural forms: (bird/birds; table/tables; woman/women)
  • They are called countable because we can count them: one bird; three tables; five women
  • You can use some, the and a with countable nouns

Uncountable nouns:

  • There are nouns that only have one form: golf, tennis, bread, rain, water, weather
  • They are called uncountable, because we cannot count them
  • We cannot use a or one, two, three, etc. before uncountable nouns, but we can use some or the

 

List of uncountable nouns:

  • sugar
  • coffee
  • tea
  • water
  • information
  • luggage
  • cheese
  • toast
  • homework
  • advice
  • money
  • petrol
  • snow
  • news

These words can be used in combination with:

 a glass/bottle of; a spoonful of; a slice/piece of; some; a cup of

 

Fill in the gaps:

a) For this experiment we need a glass (-) with some water in it.

b) Evelyn has five pieces of luggage.

c) After work I only have a piece of bread with butter on it for dinner.

d) Marvin always has a cup of  coffee after lunch

e) Can I have a cup of  tea and a piece of cake, please.

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Answers:

a) For this experiment we need a glass with some water in it.

b) Evelyn has five pieces of luggage.

c) After work I only have a slice of bread with butter on it for dinner.

d) Marvin always has a cup of coffee after lunch

e) Can I have a cup of of tea and piece of cake, please.

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