Nouns – Uncountable

Nouns

Nouns refer to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.

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. You cannot use numbers to count the quantity of these things and that’s why they’re defined as Uncountable. {See Nouns – Countable & Uncountable, A1 level}

Uncountable Nouns refer to things we consider as a “mass” and not as separate objects. Below you can find the most common Uncountable Nouns:

  • Advice
  • Baggage
  • Hair
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Energy
  • News
  • Money
  • Groceries
  • Paper
  1. Singular with no plural
    • His advice was very important.
    • His baggage is so heavy!
    • Her energy is incredible!
  2. Plural with no singular
    • Tell me some news about your journey.
    • Could you get the groceries?
    • We are going to the shopping centre to buy some clothes.
  3. Both Countable and Uncountable uses
    • I have a lot of glass bowls. / Do you want a glass of coke?
    • She needs some typing paper. /  Can you give me today’s paper, please? (=newspaper)
    • Can we borrow some coffee? / Shall we get a coffee? (=a cup of coffee)

Uncountable Nouns usually refer to abstract ideas, substances, materials, gases and liquids.

  1. Uncountable Nouns are mostly singular;
  2. There are some nouns which have only plural form;
  3. Some nouns are Uncountable when they refer to a general meaning and Countable when they refer to a specific thing or mean “a type of”, “a kind of”, etc., or an object made of a material.

Uncountable Nouns are nouns which we cannot count easily or what we refer to as “mass”.

Uncountable Nouns are usually singular with no plural: Advice, baggage, information, energy, furniture, homework, money, etc.

Sometimes they can also be plural with no singular: News, groceries, clothes, thanks, regards, etc.

Many Uncountable Nouns have both Countable and Uncountable uses, sometimes with differences in meaning. For example, words for materials are Uncountable but we can use them as Countable when we refer to something made of that material: Paper/a paper, coffee/a coffee, glass/a glass.

For example:
— “Can I have some coffee?” = The word “coffee”, in this case, refers to coffee as a powder, for this reason it is considered Uncountable.
— “Can I have a coffee?” = In this case the word “coffee” has the implicit meaning of “a cup of coffee”, for this reason it is considered Countable.

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