Countable Nouns are nouns considered as separate objects that can be counted with numbers.
On the contrary, Uncountable Nouns refer to things we consider as a “mass” and not as separate objects, for example, liquids and other materials with no defined boundaries.
Refer to separate objects. With Countable Nouns, you can use indefinite articles and numbers. Countable Nouns have both the singular and plural forms.
Refer to things we consider as a “mass” and not as separate objects. With Uncountable Nouns, you cannot use the indefinite article (a/an) or numbers. Uncountable Nouns usually have singular nouns without any plural (advice, baggage, information, energy, furniture, homework, money, etc.) or plural nouns without singular (news, groceries, clothes, thanks, regards, etc.).
- I have a dog at home.
- He is so rich that he owns five houses.
- We want to play a tennis match.
- We need money to buy ice cream.
- His advice was very important.
- There is information in this guide.
Below you can read the main differences between Countable and Uncountable Nouns:
- Are separate objects;
- Can be counted with numbers;
- Can be preceded by indefinite articles.
- Are objects considered as a mass;
- Cannot be counted with numbers;
- Cannot be preceded by indefinite articles;
- You cannot use numbers to count the quantity of these things and that’s why they’re defined as Uncountable.
Countable Nouns refer to separate objects that can be counted with numbers. They can be preceded by an indefinite article (e.g. a dog, five houses).
Uncountable Nouns refer to objects considered as a mass and we cannot count them with numbers. You cannot use an indefinite article with uncountable nouns.
They usually don’t have both the singular and the plural form, but just the singular with no plural or the plural with no singular (e.g. money, advice).
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