How to Identify Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Mirwaners, as we know, although a countable noun is defined by “its name” as a noun which can ...


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Mirwaners, as we know, although a countable noun is defined by “its name” as a noun which can be counted, and uncountable noun as a noun which cannot be counter, deciding whether a noun is countable or uncountable is not as easy. Therefore, I’m going to explain a little bit about how to identify countable and uncountable Nouns.

The following lists give characteristics of uncountable nouns. If a noun meets one of the following characteristics, then it is an uncountable noun; otherwise, it is countable noun.

1.  Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are the nouns which do not represent concrete objects.

Advice
Fun
Luck
Art
Grammar
Music
Beauty
Happiness
News
Confidence
Hate
Nutrient
Courage
Health
Pride
Education
Help
Truth
Enjoyment
Homework
Work
Experience
Honesty
Justice

2. Groups with individual parts

Some uncountable nouns are names of groups, which have members of the group.

Cash
Garbage
Change
Junk
Clothing
Luggage
Food
Money
Fruit
News
Furniture
Research

3. Things with no definite form

Some nouns are considered uncountable when they do not have a definite shapes. Their shapes are changing based on the container or brand.

LIQUIDS
GASES
SOLIDS
Beer
Air
Butter
Blood
Carbon
Cheese
Coffee
Monoxide
Cotton
Cream
Fire
Flour
Gasoline
Pollution
Salt
Milk
Smoke
Wood

4. Things that have tiny parts which are too small to count

Sometimes, a noun can only be considered one thing when it is in a set. For example, sugar is not a single particle of sugar but it is the whole set. The set comprises tiny parts which are impossible to count.

Corn
Grass
Salt
Dirt
Hair
Sugar
Dust
Rice
Wheat

5. Natural phenomena

Phenomena which happen in nature without direct human involvement are considered uncountable.

Darkness
Humidity
Dew
Rain
Electricity
Wind
Heat
Thunder

6. Ailments

Names of diseases are always uncountable. Some diseases come in plural form, but they are always analyzed as singular nouns, which are uncountable, and take singular verb such as in Measles is very dangerous fro children.

Cancer
Polio
Cholera
Smallpox
Flu
Strep throat
Heart diases
Measles
Malaria
Mups

7. Academic subjects

Most academic subjects take the final –s. However, the final –s does not indicate plurality. Instead, it indicates the academic subject. Without the final –s the words refer to different nouns of adjectives.

Art
Linguistics
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Literature
Economics
Mathematics

8. Words that can be countable and uncountable

Some nouns can be both considered countable and uncountable depending on their meanings, which can be determined from the context.


Uncountable
Countable
1
Glass (the material)
A glass (something to put liquid in)
2
Paper (the material)
A paper (a report or newspaper)
3
Iron (the material)
An iron (for pressing clothes)
4
Fire (the material)
A fire (one speceific occurence of fire)
5
Time (an abstract idea)
A time, times (a specific occurence of period)
6
Rain (drops of water from the sky)
Rain (the occurance of raining)


That's all the tips how to Identify Countable and Uncountable Nouns. Hopefully this explanation can help you. Don't forget to share this to your friends. If you have any question, please leave it on the comment space below.

Mirwan Choky

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