WHAT IS COUNT AND NONCOUNT?
Count Noun: Things you can count. You must always say if it’s one or more than one.
one computer. one class. one student. three books. four pens. six tables.
Noncount Noun: Things you cannot count. You can’t have one. You can’t have plural.
air. Not ONE air. Not three airs. Just noncount AIR.
peace. Not ONE peace. Not six peaces. Just noncount PEACE.
Many things have a category/group name. The items are count, but the category/group name is noncount: one table, six chairs, two beds and four lamps. The category is FURNITURE.
All people are count nouns. You can count friends, parents, sisters, neighbors, doctors, teachers…
See below for more lists of what is count and what is noncount.
COUNT/NONCOUNT AND VERBS
Singular noun – singular verb (s-form): He is. She runs. My mother cooks. My friend works.
Plural noun – plural verb (no “S”): They are. We go. My kids play. The students study.
Noncount nouns use the S-form verb also: Water is good. Air has pollution. Cheese tastes good. Good furniture costs a lot. Peace requires understanding.
COUNT/NONCOUNT AND QUANTIFIERS
how many how much How many children? How much time?
a few a little I have a few cookies and a little milk.
fewer less As children, we had fewer bills and less responsibility.
a lot a lot Our office needs a lot of computers and a lot of furniture.
more more My son wants more friends and to have more fun.
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