Countable and Uncountable Nouns by Soledad Morales Sánchez is licensed under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 3.0 Unported License.
Countable Nouns are nouns which can be counted (e.g. one tomato, two tomatoes,etc) and can be in the singular or the plural. We put a before the noun in thesingular when it begins with a consonant sound and an when it begins with a vowelsound.Uncountable nouns are nouns which cannot be counted and they usually have noplural. These nouns include; food: cheese, butter, meat, salt, pepper, bread,chocolate, jam, etc. We can use countable and uncountable nouns after phrases of quantity, such as: a jar/ bottle/ cup/ glass/ slice/ piece/ loaf/ tin/ kilo/ carton/ can/ bowl/ packet + of, etc.Some/ Any We use some with uncountable nouns in the affirmative. There is some cheese in the fridge. We also use some with countable nouns but only in the plural. There are some bananas in the fruit bowl! We use any with countable and uncountable nouns in the negative. There isn`t any sugar in the tea. There aren’t any apples on the tree. We also use any with countable and uncountable nouns In questions. Is there any milk in the carton? Are there any knives on the table?
Let’s practice!Write the phrases in the correct column.1. Cheese 6. Sugar2. Some meat 7. Coffee3. A banana 8. Two tomatoes4. Sandwiches 9. Bread5. Some potato chips 10. An appleCountable nouns Uncountable nounsChoose the correct answer.1. There is ________ cheese in the fridge.a) a b) some c) any2. Can I have __________ juice, please?a) any b) a c) some3. Would you like _________ cup of coffee?a) an b) a c) some4. There aren’t _________ potatoes on the table.a) some b) any c) a5. I’d like _______ glass of water.a) any b) a c) some6. Would you like __________ biscuits?a) some b) any c) an
Answers Let’s practice! Write the phrases in the correct column.Countable nouns Uncountable nounsA banana CheeseSandwiches CoffeeTwo tomatoes BreadAn apple Sugar Some meat Some potatoes chips Choose the correct answer. 1. Some 2. Some 3. A 4. Any 5. A 6. Some