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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Count & Non-Count Nouns

 
 

Sentences using count and non-count nouns

I have coffee and one egg for breakfast.

Count noun: one egg
Non-count noun: coffee

It is possible to count eggs and not possible to count coffee.


I have coffee and two eggs for breakfast.

Count noun: two eggs
Non-count noun: coffee

Eggs can be counted and have a plural form, but coffee cannot be counted.

I have a cup of coffee and two eggs for breakfast.

Count noun: a cup of coffee; two eggs
Non-count noun: coffee

It is possible to count cups of coffee. Cup can be counted, so it has a plural form.

I have two cups of coffee and one egg for breakfast.

Count noun: two cups of coffee; one egg
Non-count noun: coffee

It is possible to count cups of coffee.

John needs gas for his car.

Non-count noun: gas

It is not possible to count gas.

John needs five gallons of gas for his car.

Count noun: five gallons of gas
Non-count noun: gas

It is possible to count gas when it is measured in gallons of gas. Gallons has a plural form.