Nouns are divided into the categories of Count and Noncount Nouns. The basic distinction is that count nouns can take the plural form, while noncount nouns cannot.
|music||No plural form|
|furniture||No plural form|
Typically, count nouns refer to things that you can easily count.
Noncount nouns refer to things that by their nature are not easily countable. Often they are things in liquid or mass form or abstract ideas.
Other Noncount Nouns
Other noncount nouns are not as easy to determine and can lead to confusion.
Nouns That Can Be Both Count and Noncount
Some nouns can be both count and noncount nouns. Usually there is a difference in meaning.
- John has some chickens on his farm. (the whole birds)
- Mary ate some chicken for dinner (the stuff you eat)
- John has a fish in his aquarium. (the whole fish)
- Mary had some fish for lunch. (the stuff you eat)
- There are two hairs in my soup. (two individual hairs)
- Your hair is pretty. (all of the hair on your head)
Test your knowledge
Directions: The phrase a lot of is used before noncount nouns and plural count nouns. Choose the best answer to fill in the blank. (10 problems)