Difference Countable and Uncountable Noun
Difference of Countable and Uncountable Noun
After sharing about nouns in the preceded post, now I want to share more about a part of noun classifications. They about countable noun and uncountable noun. (Also read : The Pattern of Past Continuous Tense)
It’s important to distinguish between countable and uncountable nouns in English because their usage is different in regards to both determiners and verbs.
Countable nouns are the names of separate items which can be counted. They have a singular and a plural form. The singular form can use the determiner “a” or “an“. And in the plural we can combine with numbers, many, few, some, any, etc.
- Did you buy a newspaper today? ~ I bought two newspapers, ‘The Jakarta Post’ and ‘The Mirror’.
- Have we got any oranges in the house? ~ We’ve got some apples but we don’t have any oranges.
- She has three dogs.
- I own a house.
- I would like two books please.
- How many friends do you have?
Uncountable nouns are for the things that we cannot count with numbers. These nouns are the names of things that cannot be counted and have only a singular form. These nouns use singular verbs in a sentence. They do not have plural forms. They generally refer to drinks, liquids, grains, gases, materials, metals etc. The abstract nouns are also uncountable. (Also read other article at : Negara Boneka Bentukan Belanda)