Countable nouns are easy to recognize. They are things that we can
count. For example: "pen". We can count pens. We can have one,
two, three or more pens. Here are some more countable nouns:
- dog, cat, animal, man, person
- bottle, box, litre
- coin, note, dollar
- cup, plate, fork
- table, chair, suitcase, bag
Countable nouns can be singular or plural:
- My dog is playing.
- My dogs are hungry.
We can use the indefinite article a/an with countable nouns:
When a countable noun is singular, we must use a word like a/the/my/this
- I want an orange. (not I want orange.)
- Where is my bottle? (not Where is bottle?)
When a countable noun is plural, we can use it alone:
- I like oranges.
- Bottles can break.
We can use some and any with countable nouns:
- I've got some dollars.
- Have you got any pens?
We can use a few and many with countable nouns:
- I've got a few dollars.
- I haven't got many pens.
Uncountable nouns are those that have only one
form and we cannot count them.
water rain petrol
bread meat golf tennis
We do not use a or one, two, three
etc, before uncountable nouns.
We'll give a list of common uncoutable nouns, and
some of the words we use in front of them:
|We can use some
with all these words. We also use grams/kilos/litres etc.
Can I have three litres of milk,
- Some nouns can be countable or
I like coffee.
My hair is blonde.
I haven't got time.
I always have sugar in my tea,
I'll have two coffees, please (cups
There's a hair in my tea
We had a good time.
Three sugars in my milk, please.