Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable nouns are things we can count. They have a singular and plural form and take a singular or plural verb.

How many houses are there in our street?

There are 15 houses in our street.

Countable nouns usually go with these words: a (an), some, many, a lot of (lots of), a few, one, two, etc.

an apple, some trees, many benches, a lot of people, a few birds, one building, two rivers…

Some countable nouns have irregular plurals:

child – children;

man – men,

woman – women,

foot – feet,

tooth – teeth,

goose – geese,

mouse – mice

Uncountable nouns are things we cannot count. They do not have a plural form and take a singular verb even if they end in -S

Uncountable nouns are: bread, butter, coffee, milk, oil, pasta, fruit, water, oxygen, metal, cotton, wood, plastic, paper, advice, beauty, love, knowledge, fun, furniture, money, shopping, cycling, running…

I keep my money in a bank.

The news was a complete shock.

Uncountable nouns usually go with these words: a little, some, much, a bit of, a piece of, a lot of (lots of)…

a little milk, some pasta, much money, a bit of oil, a piece of metal, lots of paper

 

Exercise:

Circle the correct word or phrase:

  1. We need new furniture. It’s/they’re very old.
  2. All the fish in this bowl seems/seem to be hungry
  3. Does/do the information include the opening times?
  4. There has/have been a lot of bad news recently.
  5. The advice you gave me was/were really useful.
  6. The cakes in that shop looks/look absolutely delicious.

Answer key: 1) It’s, 2) seem, 3) does, 4) has, 5) was, 6) look.

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