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									             Countable and uncountable nouns
   * If you find “a”/“an” in front of the word or “s” at the end of a word,
   this word must be a countable noun. For examples, when you see “a car”
   or “cars”, the word “car” must be countable.

         Countable nouns                        Uncountable nouns

oranges, carrots, onions,              bread, lettuce, milk, cheese, rice,

pineapples, pears, bananas,            beef, oil, garlic, meat, salt,

sweets, noodles, tomatoes,             ice-cream, sugar, pork, food,

mushrooms, grapes, strawberries, water, chicken(meat), butter,

apples, eggs, snacks, potato chips, soup, tea, coffee, money

vegetables, cakes, dollars

          Sometimes countable and sometimes uncountable

egg, ice-cream, lettuce, coke, chocolate, chicken,

Words used with countable nouns           Words used with uncountable


many, a few, few(close to zero),       much, a little, little(close to

fewer                                  nothing), less

        Words used with both countable and uncountable nouns

some, a lot of(=lots of) , plenty of, enough, any, more
When we want to count the uncountable nouns, we can put a

phrase in front of the word. See the examples below:

a bar of chocolate,     2 bars of chocolate,

a bottle of milk / juice,   three bottles of milk / juice

a carton of milk / juice,   5 cartons of milk / juice

a bowl of rice,     a few bowls of rice

*    “Milk” and “rice” are uncountable but “carton”, “bottle”

and “bowl” are countable. You cannot say 1 milk, 2 milks but

you can say “1 bottles”, “two bottles”.

If you want to know more, please read “Big Grammar: Book 4”

Unit 1 and Unit 8

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