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