Countable uncountable

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Countable uncountable

  1. 1. Countable / uncountable nouns
  2. 2. There are 2 kinds of noun in English: • Countable • Things you can count (singular or plural) • One apple, two apples, three apples…
  3. 3. There are 2 kinds of noun in English: • Uncountable • Things you can´t count (they can’t be plural) • Butter, meat… • Some nouns can be countable or uncountable but the meaning is different. • Example: chocolate
  4. 4. There are 2 kinds of noun in English: • Countable and uncountable? • Some words can be countable or uncountable with a difference in meaning. • e.g. • Iron • Cake • Chicken • time
  5. 5. • Countable and uncountable? • Some words can be countable or uncountable with a difference in meaning. • e.g. potato coffee rice aubergine omelette prawn pizza salad tomato vegetable salmon fruit chicken coffee juice milk sugar salt lettuce spaghetti curry food
  6. 6. A / AN / SOME / ANY Type of sentenceType of sentence CountableCountable UncountableUncountable + We need+ We need an applean apple some applessome apples some buttersome butter some milksome milk - We don’t need- We don’t need a tomatoa tomato any tomatoesany tomatoes any riceany rice any sugarany sugar ? Do we need? Do we need a tomato?a tomato? any tomatoes?any tomatoes? any rice?any rice? any sugar?any sugar?
  7. 7. A / AN / SOME / ANY • Use a / an with singular countable nouns. • Use some with plural countable nouns and uncountable (+ sentences) • Use any with plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns in – or ? sentences. • We can also use some in ? to ask for and offerings: – Can I have some coffee? – Do you want some biscuits?
  8. 8. How much / how many…? • Use How much…? with uncountable nouns. • How much water do you drink? • Possible answers: • I drink a lot of water. • I drink quite a lot. • I don’t drink much water. (not much) • I don’t drink any water.
  9. 9. How much / how many…? • Use How many…? with plural countable nouns. • How many students do you have? • Possible answers: • None. • Not many (students).
  10. 10. a some any anysome any a a some
  11. 11. Choose a / an / some • some • some • a • some • some • some • some • some / a • some • some • some • some • some / an • an • some • some MilkMilk BiscuitsBiscuits ChairChair CoffeeCoffee PastaPasta MoneyMoney StudentsStudents ToastToast WineWine CarsCars PeoplePeople HomeworkHomework Ice creamIce cream OrangeOrange FruitFruit FishFish

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