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UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS AND
QUANTIFIERS
COUNTABILITY
 They have singular
and plural form.
 You can use numbers
with them.
 You can use the
article a / an with
...
UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
Advice, information, accommodation, homework,
knowledge, money, water, time, health, paper, iron,
weathe...
WE CAN COUNT UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
INDIRECTLY BY USING A PHRASE LIKE A
PIECE OF …, A BIT OF ….
A bar of chocolate
A loaf of bread A pinch of salt
A slice of bread A carton of milk
A round of applause A bowl of rice
A bottle of, a grain of rice, an item of furniture,
a box of, a packet of, a bag of, a spoon of sugar,
a can of coke, a ja...
SOME UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS CAN BE USED
IN A COUNTABLE WAY WHEN THEY
DESCRIBE A CATEGORY
FRENCH CHEESES SPANISH WINES
SOME NOUNS CAN BE COUNTABLE
OR UNCOUNTABLE WITH A CHANGE
OF MEANING
WOOD A WOOD
CHICKEN A CHICKEN
PAPER A PAPER
TOAST A TOAST
MORE EXAMPLES
 IRON (metal) / AN IRON (domestic appliance)
 BUSINESS (in general) / A BUSINESS (a
company)
 GOSSIP (tal...
QUANTIFIERS USED TOGETHER WITH …QUANTIFIERS USED TOGETHER WITH …
 Plural Countables:
 (a) few/ fewer
 many, a great man...
What’s the difference?
“I’d like somesome jewellery” / “I’d like some of thesome of the jewellery”
General, we don’t know ...
Choose the correct alternative
Many/Much famous sportspeople get injured for unexpected reasons. For
example, the English ...
Other determiners expressing number/
amount
 Neither, Either, Both (referring to “two”):
Neither of them came to the part...
 Each and Every (more than one):
“The contract was signed by each director” (individually, one by one)
“When every direct...
 MOST (OF THE), ALL (OF THE), HALF (OF THE) :
Most/ All/ Half (of the) people who attended the party
were dancing till la...
Choose the correct option a, b or c
1. I haven’t seen … of those films, so I don’t mind which one we
go to:
A. NONE B. NEI...
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Uncountable nouns and quantifiers

  1. 1. UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS AND QUANTIFIERS
  2. 2. COUNTABILITY  They have singular and plural form.  You can use numbers with them.  You can use the article a / an with their singular form.  They only have one form.  They are followed by a singular verb.  You can’t use either numbers or the article a /an with them. COUNTABLE NOUNS UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
  3. 3. UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS Advice, information, accommodation, homework, knowledge, money, water, time, health, paper, iron, weather, traffic, equipment, work….. A few uncountable nouns end in –s, but they follow the normal rules for uncountable nouns and have a singular verb: News, billiards, politics, ….
  4. 4. WE CAN COUNT UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS INDIRECTLY BY USING A PHRASE LIKE A PIECE OF …, A BIT OF …. A bar of chocolate
  5. 5. A loaf of bread A pinch of salt
  6. 6. A slice of bread A carton of milk
  7. 7. A round of applause A bowl of rice
  8. 8. A bottle of, a grain of rice, an item of furniture, a box of, a packet of, a bag of, a spoon of sugar, a can of coke, a jar of mermelade, ….
  9. 9. SOME UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS CAN BE USED IN A COUNTABLE WAY WHEN THEY DESCRIBE A CATEGORY FRENCH CHEESES SPANISH WINES
  10. 10. SOME NOUNS CAN BE COUNTABLE OR UNCOUNTABLE WITH A CHANGE OF MEANING WOOD A WOOD
  11. 11. CHICKEN A CHICKEN
  12. 12. PAPER A PAPER
  13. 13. TOAST A TOAST
  14. 14. MORE EXAMPLES  IRON (metal) / AN IRON (domestic appliance)  BUSINESS (in general) / A BUSINESS (a company)  GOSSIP (talking) / A GOSSIP (a person)  HAIR (all together) / A HAIR (a single strand)  HELP (in general) / A HELP (a helpful person or thing)  WORK (in general) / A WORK (a work of art/ engineering, …)  CHOCOLATE (substance) / A CHOCOLATE (a box of chocolates)
  15. 15. QUANTIFIERS USED TOGETHER WITH …QUANTIFIERS USED TOGETHER WITH …  Plural Countables:  (a) few/ fewer  many, a great many, very many, not many  several  a small/ good/ large/ great number of  Uncountables:  (a/ very) little  Not much  A good/ a great deal of  A small/ a large amount of  Both (apart from some, any, no):  A lot of/ lots of/ plenty of  No … at all  None of the  A lack of
  16. 16. What’s the difference? “I’d like somesome jewellery” / “I’d like some of thesome of the jewellery” General, we don’t know which/ Specific, a particular set “There is a littlea little milk left in the fridge”/ “There is littlelittle juice for both of us” A small amount or number of / not enough (*) When few/ little are used with nouns that have negative meaning (problems, difficulty, ...) the overall meaning becomes positive: “There were few problems with the implementation of the new laws”
  17. 17. Choose the correct alternative Many/Much famous sportspeople get injured for unexpected reasons. For example, the English footballer Ferdinand managed to injure himself by watching TV for a great number of/ a great deal of hours with his leg on a coffee table. And after the cricketer Chris Lewis shaved his head he spent too many/ much time in the sun and got sunstroke. But the worst accident occurred in 1913 when the racing driver Camille Jenatzy took several/ a small amount of friends hunting for boars. They didn’t see no/ any boars, so the group went back to the house and had lots/ too many to eat and drink. Jenatzy was convinced they would soon have many/ much better luck and offered much/ alt of money as a bet that they would be shooting in the next little/ few hours. After everyone had gone to bed, he crept outside, walked few/ a few metres away from the house and made a few/ a little sounds like a wild boar to wake up his friends. Unfortunately, his friends opened the window and shot him by mistake.
  18. 18. Other determiners expressing number/ amount  Neither, Either, Both (referring to “two”): Neither of them came to the party Which one do you prefer? Either of them Both of them accepted my invitation (*) Both is not commonly used with a negative verb. Neither plus a positive verb is preferred instead: Both of them didn’t attend the lesson ....better say ... Neither of them attended the lesson. “neither and either” are better followed by singular verb, whereas “both” is always followed by plural verb. Neither of the pilots/ Neither pilot has flown to Africa before. Either of the books/ Either book is interesting to read. Both (of the) awards were given to the same actor.
  19. 19.  Each and Every (more than one): “The contract was signed by each director” (individually, one by one) “When every director had signed the contract, it was sent off” (all of them, the whole group) When referring to two, Each is used: “She was wearing a fine gold chain on each ankle” but “She was wearing a ring on each/every finger” These two determiners are followed by singular countable nouns and singular verb. Every one of the / Each of the, however, might be followed by plural nouns and verbs as well. “Every one of the applicants were shortlisted”
  20. 20.  MOST (OF THE), ALL (OF THE), HALF (OF THE) : Most/ All/ Half (of the) people who attended the party were dancing till late at night. “Most of the problem started when Mary left him” But “All/ Half (of) the problem ...” “Most (of the) fruit sold in Spain is grown in Morocco” but “All/ Half (of) the fruit....” Most/All/Half can be followed by singular and plural nouns as well as by uncountable nouns. Subject-verb concord will depend on the noun that follows (singular nouns/ Uncountable nouns + sing verb; plural nouns + pl verb). “Whole”/”Entire” is sometimes preferred, instead of “All”, when followed by singular countable nouns: “She spent the whole journey complaining about the weather”
  21. 21. Choose the correct option a, b or c 1. I haven’t seen … of those films, so I don’t mind which one we go to: A. NONE B. NEITHER C. EITHER 2. You shouldn’t walk like that. It puts … of pressure on one hip and leg: A. ALL B. A LOT C. MUCH 3. The Fitness Room would like to invite … its patrons to enter the annual fitness challange: A. ALL B. EVERY OF C. MOST 4. If something absorbs … colours of the spectrum, it appears black. A. ALL B. EACH C. EVERY 5. Mr. Jones and Mrs. Smith, ….passengers on Star Airlines flight XPK009 from UK, please go to the airport information desk, thank you. A. BOTH B. EITHER C. EACH 6. … flowers bought at airports are safe, about 90%, but I’d better spray them just in case: A. MOST OF B. MOST THE C. MOST

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