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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Count & Non-Count Nouns

 
 

Definition

Nouns are divided into two groups:

  1. Nouns that can be counted (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.)
  2. Nouns that cannot be counted

Example

I have five

oranges

in my hand.

 

count

 


I have

cheese

in my hand.

 

non-count

 

Explanation

Count nouns --

  • use -s or -es in plural forms.
  • use definite articles and indefinite articles (a tree, the students).

Non-count nouns --

  • cannot be counted (cheese, milk, sand). You don't say "I have 2 milks."
  • are followed by a singular verb. For example, "The cheese is good."
  • can be counted by using "of phrases." For example, "a cup of coffee, a piece of cheese, a box of sand, a bottle of milk."
  • use definite articles or no article. For example, "The cheese is good. Cheese is good."

Related Sections

Determiners: Articles
Determiners: Demonstratives
Parts of Speech