Nouns: countable and Uncountable

The Noun is divided into countable and uncountable forms.

Count nouns can be counted; noncount nouns can not be used with a plural verb. Most of  the English nouns are countable.


My friend has bought a new car.

My bag is full of books.

My friend has two cars.

These bags are very nice.

My grandfather does not like cold coffee.

This dish was made of rice.

Do not drink much coffee.

The Indian people eat a lot of rice.

There is a little furniture in the room.

I have a little money in my pocket.


Count nouns are preceded by a, an, or one in singular form.

Count nouns do add a final -s in plural form.


Noncount nouns have singular form only ( do not have plural form). They do not use a, an, or one, but in some special cases, they can use 

a little


a lot of

lots of


a great deal

a good deal


a little salt, a little butter, much money, little furniture, little time, a lot of plastic, lots of progress, a great deal of effort, a good deal of patience, some paper, some information


Measure words are used to express the number or amount of the noun.

But:  I would like fresh water

I would like hot tea

I would like white rice.




Common noncount nouns:

bread, sugar, salt , pepper, rice, coffee, food, milk, fruit, cheese, butter, soup, water, and meat

love, beauty, anger, courage, fear, safety, evidence, knowledge, progress, dream, research, trouble, hair, hatred, loneliness

formation, advice, furniture, homework, work, jewelry, help, luck, mail, money, plastic,traffic, vocabulary, weather, travel




Count and noncount Nouns

Collective and Individual Nouns

Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Material and Concrete Nouns

Compound and Derivative Nouns