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Countable and uncountable nouns


Before we look at this in detail think about these questions.

1. What is the difference between these pairs of words?

        a).           much                    many

        b).           fewer                    less

        c).           some                    any

        d).           experience            experiences

2. Which of these words do you consider to be countable and which are uncountable?       

    • news
    • furniture
    • space
    • person
    • people
    • money
    • information
    • car
    • petrol
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Form, Use and Meaning
Nouns can be countable or uncountable.

Activity 1

Here are some more examples of countable and uncountable nouns:

Click on the correct heading in the box below :

Activity 2

Nouns that can be Countable and Uncountable

Sometimes, the same noun can be countable and uncountable, often with a change of meaning. Drag and drop and sentences below into the correct boxes:

hair I don't have much hair.
There are two hairs in my coffee!

light There are two lights in our bedroom.
Close the curtain. There's too much light!
paper Have you got a newspaper to read?
I want to draw a picture. Have you got some paper?
room Is there room for me to sit here?
Our house has seven rooms.
work I have no money. I need work.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest works.
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