Noncount Noun Categories

What are noncount nouns?  What are things you can not have one or two of?

Categories: Whole Groups Composed of Similar Items

Furniture (chairs are count), money (dollars are count), mail (letters are count),

luggage (suitcases are count), jewelry (bracelets are count), traffic (cars are count)


Corn, rice, wheat, oatmeal, sand, gravel


Flour, sugar, salt, chalk, dust, dirt, cinnamon


Milk, water, oil, gasoline, paint, blood, urine, lava, sweat, shampoo


Mayonnaise, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, cheese, lard, chocolate


Noncount – Beef, chicken, pork, ham, bacon,

Animals are count – 2 chickens, 3 fish, 2 rabbits

Meat in a specific shape is count – 2 sausages, 3 burgers, 2 lamb chops

Many vegetables

Count – things you can put in one hand – potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans

Noncount – things that come in “heads”-  lettuce, cabbage, celery, broccoli

Some foods are count when whole, but noncount when cut in pieces

Cake, pizza, pie  (I buy 3 cakes.  I serve cake to 40 people)


Air, smoke, steam, fog, smog, pollution, breath, helium

Subjects / Fields of Study

Math, English, physics, chemistry


Cotton, wool, leather, paper, metal, plastic, concrete, wood, cement


Gold, silver, aluminum, steel, iron, copper


Volleyball, basketball, swimming, bowling, badminton, poker, chess


Cold, rain, heat, sunshine, electricity, energy, pressure, gravity, wind

Abstract Concepts

Love, peace, freedom, time, help, intelligence, loyalty, knowledge, equality,

racism, satisfaction, comfort, violence, truth, strength, courage, faith, honesty

Diseases and Medical Conditions

Cancer, asthma, diabetes, tuberculosis, AIDS (exception – a cold)

Other:  Fun, bread, information, advice, equipment

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