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)

Grains

Corn, rice, wheat, oatmeal, sand, gravel

Powders

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

Liquids

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

Creams

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

Meats

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)

Gases

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

Subjects / Fields of Study

Math, English, physics, chemistry

Materials

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

Metals

Gold, silver, aluminum, steel, iron, copper

Sports/games

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

Nature/weather

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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