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Unit 6.1

Nouns – Uncountable


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. {See Nouns – Countable & Uncountable, A1 level}

Uncountable nouns refer to things we consider as a “mass” and not as separate objects. We have three types of uncountable nouns:

  1. There are uncountable nouns which have only singular form;
  2. There are uncountable 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.

Below you can find the most common uncountable nouns:

  • Advice
  • Baggage
  • Energy
  • Hair
  • Homework
  • Information
  • Money
  • Clothes
  • Groceries
  • News
  • Regards
  • Thanks
  • Coffee
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Water
  1. Only singular uncountable nouns
    • My baggage is so heavy because of the camera in it!
    • Her energy as a salsa dancer is incredible!
    • Their money was not enough to buy the painting.
  2. Only plural uncountable nouns
    • Could you get the groceries?
    • He told me some news about your journey.
    • We send our thanks to the director.
  3. Both uncountable and countable uses
    • Can I borrow some coffee? / Shall I get a coffee? (= a cup of coffee)
    • She has a lot of glass bowls. / Does she want a glass of coke?
    • I need typing paper. / Give me today’s paper please. (= newspaper)

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

Uncountable nouns are nouns which we cannot count easily or what we refer to as “mass”. We have three types of uncountable nouns:

  • Only singular uncountable nouns;
  • Only plural uncountable nouns;
  • Both uncountable and countable uses.

For example:
— “I don´t have energy for another trip.” = “Energy” has only singular uncountable form.
— “I will tell you later the news of today.” = “News” has only plural uncountable form.
— “Can I have some coffee?” / “Can I have a coffee?“= The word “coffee” refers to coffee as a powder and “a coffee” has the implicit meaning of “a cup of coffee”.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. And take a look to the [Examples] that show its use within a context.


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