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Lesson Nineteen

Count and Noncount Nouns

Count Nouns
Noncount Nouns

a car (singular)

car

cars (plural)

cars

traffic

traffic

a chair

chair

chairs

chairs

 furniture

furniture

an apple

apple

apples

apples

fruit

fruit

a camera

camera

four cameras

cameras

video equipment

equipment

 

 

write

count nouns use singular and plural verbs and pronouns:
noncount nouns use only singular verbs and pronouns:

There is an apple. (singular)

There are some apples. (plural)

There is some fruit. (singular verb)

I like that chair. ("that" is singular). 

She likes those chairs. ("those" is plural)

I like that furniture.

I like those furniture. (no!)

A car is an expensive thing to own. Cars are an expensive form of transportation.

Traffic was heavy today. (singular verb)
Apples taste good Fruit tastes good.
Digital cameras make photography easy. They are fun to use. TV stations have a lot of video equipment. It is expensive.
The camera is very nice. The equipment are nice. (no!)

 

Asking questions for an amount or a number:

Count Nouns
Noncount Nouns
How many chairs are there? How many chairs are there? How much furniture is there?

There is one chair

chair

There are two chairs

chairs

 There is a lot of furniture

furniture

How many cameras are there? How many cameras are there? How much equipment is there?

There's one camera

camera

There are four cameras

cameras

There's a lot of video equipment

equipment


 

Only count nouns can take a number:

There is one camera. There are four cameras.

Noncount nouns don't use numbers:

There is some equipment. There is a lot of equipment.

Knowing the difference between count and noncount nouns will make your English sound much better. Below are words and phrases that can be used with count and noncount nouns. As you continue through the next levels, you will probably need to come back to this page.

Write

count nouns
noncount nouns
a (singular) -- (no article)
the (singular and plural) the
some some
a lot of a lot of
many (large numbers) much (large numbers)
a few (3 to 4) a little (small number)
few (a very small number) little (a very small number)
fewer (comparative) less (comparative)
fewest (superlative) least (superlative)
not many (a small number) not much (a small number)
not any (zero) not any (zero)

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