Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

In this post, I am discussing one of the classifications of nouns. This classification states whether the nouns are ‘countable’ or ‘uncountable’.

Countable Nouns: Nouns which can be counted but not measured are called countable nouns. They are also called count nouns, e.g. boy, pen, book, cat, toy, door, garden, etc

  1. He is a smart boy.
  2. I like this pen.
  3. The book is informative.
  4. I have a cat.
  5. He gave me that toy.
  6. Open the door.
  7. He entered the garden.

Uncountable Nouns: Nouns which cannot be counted but measured or weighed are known as uncountable nouns. Some examples are given as under:

  1. Carry this luggage to my room.
  2. Corruption is cancer in society.
  3. The news about his sudden death is just a rumor.
  4. You should drink pure water.
  5. Blood is red.

The italicized words in the above sentences are uncountable nouns.

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IMPORTANT POINTS
Countable Nouns take plural forms when we refer to more than one of these e.g. boys, pens, books , cats toys, doors, etc . While uncountable nouns are not used in the plural. We can not say milks, educations, rices, musics bloods, etc.

Countable Nouns can be used in the way as one book, two books, three books, etc. While in case of uncountable nouns, we can not say one rice , two rices, bone sand, two sands, etc

We can use a/an with singular countable nouns e.g., a beach, a student, an apple. We can not normally use a/an with uncountable nouns. We do not say ‘a sand’ or ‘a music’.We can say:

  • a speck of dust.
  • a drop of water.
  • a piece of music.
  • a game of tennis.
  • a sheet of paper.
  • a pile of rubbish.
  • a lump of sugar.
  • a bar of chocolate.
  • a block of concrete/ice.
  • a piece of land/paper.
  • a grain of rice.
  • a blade of glass.

Observe the are linked to each other by ‘of’.

Countable and uncountable nouns

POSITION IF NOUNS OR NOUNS PHRASES

SUBJECT
Rahil is handsome.
The girl in the green dress run away.
The boy who is dancing is a dancer.

OBJECT ( Direct)
I know Asif.
They completed their work quickly.
She likes the garden full of flowers.
She loves the man who was singing.

OBJECT (Indirect)
Father gave Mohsin a new pen.
He teaches us grammar.

COMPLEMENT
He found her a good pencil.
He has curved hair.

OBJECT OF A PREPOSITION
She sat on the wooden log.
We went to Gulmarg.

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