From Theory to Practice: Nouns in English

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From Theory to Practice: Nouns in English

  1. 1. 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 Mass Nouns Mass-to-Count Nouns Count Nouns
  2. 2. 2. Which of the following have no singular forms? Supply the singular form in case it is possible. socks beddings pants slacks clothes scissors shoes jeans belongings belt desks briefs 3. Complete the following phrases with “a unit or a serving of” or with a “collective noun.” a) a __________ of coffee loaf band pack cup coven slice piece pride bar flock 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

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