Count and Non-Count Nouns

Ready for some more grammar? Good.

This time we’re going to look at count and non-count nouns. Remember that nouns are people, places, or things.

Count nouns can be counted, which means you can also make them plural. Remember that plural means more than one. For example, the word “teacher.” Can you count teachers? Of course – one teacher, two teachers, three teachers, four teachers. The noun “teacher,” then, is a count noun.

Non-count nouns can’t be counted, and they’re almost always singular. Remember that singular means one. For example, the word “air.” Can you count air? Of course not – we never say one air, two airs, three airs, etc. So “air” is a non-count noun.

To learn more, watch the following two videos, then take the quiz to test your knowledge:

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9 thoughts on “Count and Non-Count Nouns

  1. sebai901@yahoo.com says:

    Count and non-count nouns are basically English Grammar knowledge, sometime can make confusion, after learned more and watched the following two videos, let me understood about the count and non-count nouns knowledge. I can control these ideas: Count nouns can be counted, which means you can also make them plural, For example, the word “car” we can count one car, two cars, three cars. So the word “car” is a count nouns.
    Non-count nouns can’t be counted, and they’re almost always singular. For example, the word “milk” we can not one milk, two milk, The “milk” is a non-count noun. So they’re always singular.
    If I have something wrong, Please give correction and opinion. Thank you very much!

  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you for teaching us the difference between count and non-count nouns.

  3. Mansha says:

    I’m still confusing about some words. How about fish? I remember fish is non-count noun, but fish we can see it and can count it. I know some words are special for count and non-count. But I forgot. Can you tell me more about these? Thank you!

  4. Jon says:

    When we talk about fish and chicken as food, then they’re usually non-count – but if we’re talking about the animals, then they’re count. Also, fish (the animal) can be singular or plural. We usually don’t say “fishes.”

  5. TBenedict says:

    Whoever writes this blog is quite an amazing teacher!

  6. […] The key to knowing when to use these words is remembering your count and non-count nouns. To review count and noun-count nouns, click here. […]

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