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    Count and non  count nouns-1 Count and non count nouns-1 Presentation Transcript

    • Countable and Uncountable Nouns
    • Nouns are words that name persons, places, things, and ideas. FREEDOM HAPPINESS Nouns are words that name persons, places, things, and ideas.
    • Nouns can be proper or common. The White House A white house Tylenol paracetamol Proper nouns Common nouns
    • Some common nouns have easily identifiable boundaries; it’s easy to see where each item begins and ends. These are countable nouns. people pencils hospital room
    • Some nouns don’t have such boundaries. To quantify them, we need to use some kind of measure. A cup of coffee A bowl of cereal A piece of butter coffee cereal butter
    • Other nouns represent ideas, concepts which aren’t visible, can’t be readily measurable, or may be quantified in many different ways. honesty These are uncountable nouns . humanity happiness money medicine
    • Some nouns can be used as count nouns and as non-count. fish cake chicken
      • When we are referring to the animal (fish or chicken), the noun is countable .
      • Ex: The man caught a big fish last Sunday.
      • When we are referring to the food, the noun is uncountable .
      • Ex: The fish we ate last night was really good.
    • Some uncountable nouns can be used with a countable sense.
      • Time passes very quickly. (uncountable)
      • We always meet at a specific time .(countable)
      • Love is a very powerful feeling. (uncountable)
      • Of all my loves , my cat is the biggest. (countable)
      • Many people drink wine . (uncountable)
      • I got a very nice wine from the market yesterday. (countable)
    • Many times we use uncountable nouns as countable, but the meaning is clear from the context.
      • Can I have a coffee, please?
      • ( I mean a cup of coffee.)
      • Do you want a beer?
      • (I mean a bottle of beer)