You cannot use a/an + uncountable nouns But you can say…. A glass of water A piece of cheese A bowl of rice A can of oil A carton of milk A cup of coffee A bar of chocolate A stick of butter A scoop of ice cream A piece of music A game of tennis Etc…
a/an and some (countable nouns) a/an singular countable nounI need a new cell phone.Would you like an apple? Some plural countable nounsI need some new shoes.Would you like some apples?
some (uncountable nouns) Some uncountable nounsI need some money.Let s listen to some music.You should wear some perfume.Would you like some ice cream?(or Would you like a scoop of ice cream?)
Many nouns are sometimes countable and sometimes uncountableA chicken A piece of chicken(a whole chicken)A cake A slice of cake (a whole cake)A paper (=newspaper) A piece of paperA room There is room in myA good time bag. Do you have time?
A lot / Much / Many We use a lot of all types of nounsI drank a lot of water. (uncountable) I saw a lot of people. (countable) We use much uncountable nouns How much money do you want? There isn t much water in my cup. We use many countable nouns There are many people on the train. I took many photographs.
We use much in questions and negative sentences, but not usually in positive sentences. Do you drink much coffee/ a lot of coffee? I don t drink much coffee/ a lot of coffee.butI drink a lot of coffee. (Not I drink much coffee )Do you drink much coffee? Yes, a lot .(Not much )
(a) little (a) few(a) little uncountable (a) few plural noun: countable noun: (a) little water (a) few books (a) little money (a) few days (a) little soup (a) few people
With and without a a little= some but not much a few= some but not manyI speak a little Spanish. (=some I speak a few words in Spanish. Spanish but not much) I ve got a few friends, so I m notThey have a little money, so they lonely. will be okay. (=they have some (=I ve got some friends) money) few (without a)=nearly none little (without a)= nearly none… nearly nothing There were a few people in the park. It was nearly empty.There was little food in the fridge. I ve got few friends. I m lonely. It was nearly empty.They have little money, so they need help. (=nearly no money)
Much and a lot without a noun I saw my friend yesterday but we didn t talk much. Do you watch TV much? No, not much. We like films, so we go to the cinema a lot. I don t like him very much. My parents are boring. They don t go out much. My parents are fun. They go out a lot.