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COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

Countable nouns are for things we can count

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Examples: dog, horse, man, shop, idea.
 
They usually have a singular and plural form.
 
Examples: two dogs, ten horses, a man, six men, the shops, a few ideas.
     
Uncountable nouns are for the things that we cannot count
     
Examples: tea, sugar, water, air, rice.
     
They are often the names for abstract ideas or qualities.
     
Examples: knowledge, beauty, anger, fear, love.
     
Nota :

They are used with a singular verb. They usually do not have a plural form.

     
  We cannot say : sugars, angers, knowledges.  
     
Examples of common uncountable nouns
 
We cannot use a/an with these nouns
 
money, furniture, happiness, sadness, research, evidence, safety, beauty, knowledge
 
To express a quantity of one of these nouns, use a word or expression like
 
some, a lot of, a piece of, a bit of, a great deal of...
 

Examples

There has been a lot of research into the causes of this disease.
He gave me a great deal of advice before my interview.
They've got a lot of furniture.
 

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