nouns use singular and plural verbs
nouns use only singular verbs and pronouns:
There is an apple.
There are some apples. (plural)
There is some fruit. (singular
I like that chair. ("that" is
She likes those chairs. ("those" is
I like that furniture.
I like those furniture. (no!)
A car is an expensive thing
to own. Cars are an expensive form
Traffic was heavy today. (singular
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:
How many chairs
many chairs are there?
How much furniture
There is one chair
is a lot of furniture
How many cameras are
How many cameras
How much equipment
There's one camera
a lot of video 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.