All nouns are countable
or uncountable. Countable nouns have the following
- They can be counted,
for example 1 apple, 2 apples, ...etc.
- They can be made plural.
- They can take the indefinate article a/an.
have the following properties.
- They usually can't
be counted, for example
1 money, 2
- They usually can't be made plural.
- They usually don't take the indefinate article
Some is often
used for plural nouns. For example:
- I have some apples.
- I have some food.
This is covered later in more detail.
Here are some common
countable and uncountable nouns.
Countable nouns often
refer to individual things, and physical things.
For example: a person, a tree, a kilo.
often refer to non-individual things, and abstract
things. For example rice is not an individual
thing, it's seen as group of hundreds of small
grains. Love and sadness are abstract,
not physical things.
Some nouns can be
countable and uncountable, depending on how
they are used. For example:
- Countable : A
glass of milk. Here glass refers to one
container made of glass.
- Uncountable : You can see through glass.
Here glass doesn't refer to one thing, it refers
to glass as a substance.
- Countable: He has
many papers. Here papers refers to some of individual
- Uncountable: Paper is made from wood. Here
paper is not an individual thing, but a general
is countable or uncountable takes time to learn
and can only be achieved through longterm exposure
to English. Also, what may seem logical in your
own language may seem completely illogical in
English! Learning a language involves learning
another culture's point of view, and as always,
the guidelines above should be used to help
your own understanding rather than as hard and
fast grammar rules. Good luck!