COUNTABLE & UNCOUNTABLE NOUNSBy Belinda Baardsen,American Ex Pat, TEFLCertified ESL Instructor, JurisDoctor, B.S., The University ofFlorida, and Endicott College
Some nouns are countable:A book ~ two booksAn egg ~ six eggs
Countable A book.One book. Book.The book.Your book. My book.Her book. It.
Countable Six books. Books = 6 There are six books on the shelf. I have six books. She has six books. We have six books. Those six books are for his English class. Why do we need six books? Six books? How did you finish all six books so fast? Where are those six books I was talking about? Six books for sale!
Countable = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Can I have one egg, please? I need one egg for breakfast. Would you like an egg? One egg. Egg = 1 Where is that egg? Where did you get that egg?How did you find that egg? Only one egg? She wants one egg.
Countable – egg(s) Eggs = plural She wants three eggs. He wants more eggs. I want a dozen eggs.Where did you get those eggs?How many eggs do you want? Why can’t I find any eggs? Who wants eggs?
Some nouns are uncountable. Bread Rice Water Air Hair
Countable Nouns Singular Plural a book Books One book Two books Some books A lot of books Many books A few books
Egg Eggs A countable noun Singular:Pearl A + noun One + nounPearls Plural: Noun + -s
Non countable Noun ~ PluralsRiceSome rice ?A lot of rice SingularMuch riceA little rice None
A non countable noun ~ Singular ~ Do not use a. Do not use one. Plural ~A non countable noun does not have a plural form.
Common non countable nouns Money Mail Homework Information Work TrafficJewelry Weather Bread MilkCheese Meat Food Tea Fruit Water Rice SaltPepper Soup
Underline the noun. Is it noun countable, or non countable? COUNTABLE --------- NONCOUNTABLE Chair - countable 1. He sits on a chair. 2. He sits on furniture. 3. She has a coin. -s 4. She has some money. 5. She has some letters. 6. She has some mail. 7. The street is full of traffic. Chairs