From Theory to Practice
Nouns in English
Mass Noun: Nouns that can be pluralized and are always singular such as gases,
fluids, natural phenomena, materials, academic fields, ideas, emotions, and behaviors.
Mass-to-Count Nouns: Certain mass nouns that shift to count ones when denoting a
type, kind, unit, or serving.
Count Nouns: Nouns that can be either singular or plural, except in certain cases such
as scissors that is always a plural count noun.
Collective Nouns: This is a subdivision of count nouns that when being used as
subjects, they can take singular or plural verbs with a difference in meaning or intention
on the side of the speaker.
1. Classify the following nouns according to the categories below.
binder – difficulty – ethics – beer – ozone – book – beauty – milk – mouse – experience
– oil – fish – CD – carbon dioxide – pen – wine – grass – cheese – scissors – rain –
marker – helium – tea
2. Which of the following have no singular forms? Supply the singular form in case it is
3. Complete the following phrases with “a unit or a serving of” or with a “collective
a) a __________ of coffee
b) a __________ of deer
c) a __________ of chocolate
d) a __________ of lions
e) a __________ of pastry
f) a __________ of geese
g) a __________ of bread
h) a __________ of witches
i) a __________ of pizza
j) a __________ of wolves